After the second round, Nigerian-New Zealander Israel Adesanya knocked out Robert Whittaker to crown himself as the Undisputed Middleweight Champion at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne on Sunday.
In front of a UFC-record attendance of 57,000, it has been recorded that the “Stylebender” dropped “The Reaper” in the second round and got in a couple more shots before the referee stepped in to call off the fight.
It was the stadium where Adesanya had sat high up in the stands watching Holly Holm’s seismic KO of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in November 2015 – and where he had vowed to return, but inside the Octagon.
Expressing his feelings after the adventure, Adesanya who moved to 18-0 overall and 7-0 in the UFC, where he only made his debut in 2018 said, “I’m real petty, I remember everything like an elephant. I was in the nosebleeds, and now I made his nose bleed,”
“The Reaper” was the more aggressive in the first round, with Adesanya scoping the Australian’s offence out, but Whittaker was dramatically dropped in the final seconds.
Adesanya, 4 inches taller with a 6-and-a-half inch reach advantage; hit Whittaker with a precise counter left hook but hesitated briefly before the buzzer sounded.
Source: South China Morning Post