UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker doesn’t seem to have been overly impressed by the performance of Israel Adesanya in his victory over Kelvin Gastelum in Atlanta on Saturday.
The Last Stylebender defeated Gastelum in UFC 236’s co-main event as he clinched the interim 185lb belt in a five round war.
With Adesanya securing the interim strap it now looks as though he is on a collision course against current undisputed champion Robert Whittaker, with a stadium in Australia potentially in the works for their showdown.
A title unification bout has yet to be confirmed but Whittaker is confident that should the pair fight, then it “won’t be a war” like Gastelum and Adesanya was, predicting a very one-sided affair between the two.
“It was a great fight. He showed a lot of heart, and technically he was amazing. But he got hit, and he got hurt. And if Gastelum can hit and hurt him, I can hit and hurt him,” Whittaker said speaking to Abhinav Kini of The Body Lock).
“Definitely. I’m not saying that Adesanya is an easy fight for me, I just think stylistically he matches up better with my own style. Stylistically, I always wanted to fight Adesanya. Gastelum… He’s a keg. When I was watching him fight Adesanya, that’s the fight I was expecting when I was going to fight Gastelum. That’s the fight I had prepped for 12 weeks and that’s the fight I had in mind when I was almost going to fight him in Melbourne. I’m very happy that Adesanya had that fight.”
“It won’t be a war. Not with me and him. It’s going to be short and sweet, trust me. I guarantee you [it will be one-sided.]”
Whittaker, who like Adesanya is New Zealand born, last defended his title in a narrow decision victory over Yoel Romero at UFC 225 and was scheduled to defend against Gastelum earlier in the year but was forced to pull out with a hernia.