Israel Adesanya says Robert Whittaker reminded him of a ‘meth head’ at UFC summer press conference face-off

LAS VEGAS – Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker faced off for the first time since the announcement of their much anticipated middleweight title unification bout. They are set to square off in the main event of UFC 243 on Oct. 5. And Adesanya (17-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), the interim titleholder has already started making reads […]

Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya title unifier to headline UFC 243 on Oct. 5

The UFC middleweight title fight everyone has been expecting is now official. On Friday, the promotion announced that 185-pound champion Robert Whittaker and interim titleholder Israel Adesanya will meet in a unification bout Oct. 5 at UFC 243. The promotion did not include a location with its announcement on social media. But just last month, […]

Israel Adesanya goes off on Robert Whittaker: ‘I will bury him if I have to’

Gallery Israel Adesanya def. Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236: Best photos view 77 images The highly anticipated title unification bout between middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and interim champ Israel Adesanya may be all but finalized. UFC president Dana White hinted at it with media at the new UFC Apex facility Tuesday. And a report from […]

Morning Report: Israel Adesanya questions if Robert Whittaker will even make it to their title unification bout

At UFC 234, Robert Whittaker was set to defend his middleweight title against Kelvin Gastelum. Unfortunately, Whittaker suffered a serious abdominal hernia shortly before the fight and was forced into emergency surgery. In the aftermath, Gastelum was rebooked against Israel Adesanya for an interim title at UFC 236. That didn’t work out well for Gastelum […]

For first time in UFC career, Israel Adesanya opens as slight betting underdog in Robert Whittaker fight

For the first time in his UFC career, Israel Adesanya has opened as a betting underdog. The newly crowned UFC interim middleweight champion was slotted as a +160 betting underdog in opening lines released Monday by online bookermaker BetOnline for a potential title unification bout against UFC middleweight titleholder Robert Whittaker. Whittaker, who has held […]

Israel Adesanya On Robert Whittaker: ‘I’ll Show Him I’m Greater Than I Think I Am’

Israel Adesanya’s arrival in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, going 4-0 while displaying a personality as flashy as his fighting style, has garnered quite a bit of hype. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Morning Report: Robert Whittaker on UFC 236 interim title fight: ‘Are Adesanya and Gastelum gonna fight for Cejudo’s belt?’

At UFC 234, Robert Whittaker was supposed to defend his middleweight title against Kelvin Gastelum. Of course, as you know by now, that didn’t happen. The evening before the bout, Whittaker came down with severe stomach pains that ended up being a sudden onset hernia and collapsed bowel that required emergency surgery. Since then, Whittaker […]

Morning Report: Robert Whittaker discusses Kelvin Gastelum’s ‘adorable’ stunt at UFC 234 and who he will fight next

The day before UFC 234, Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw from his scheduled title defense due to a collapsed bowel that required emergency surgery. It was a crushing blow for Whittaker who released a statement from his hospital bed apologizing to his fans and to Gastelum. Fortunately, everything went fine with the surgery and […]

UFC champ Robert Whittaker released from hospital, targets summer return

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has been released from a Melbourne hospital, and according to his manager, if all goes well, he could be back in the cage defending his title in as soon as four months. ESPN reported Wednesday that Whittaker, who was pulled from his scheduled title defense against Kelvin Gastelum in the […]

Robert Whittaker Released from Hospital Following Surgery, Hoping for June Return

Robert Whittaker was discharged from a Melbourne hospital on Tuesday following emergency hernia surgery, the fighter’s manager, Titus Day, told ESPN.com. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

UFC Champ Robert Whittaker Provides Update from Hospital After Emergency Surgery

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker released an update from his hospital bed following his emergency surgery for a hernia over the weekend. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Trading Shots: Untangling the middleweight title mess after Robert Whittaker’s UFC 234 withdrawal

What’s to become of the UFC’s middleweight division now that the champ is in the hospital and every other possible contender is trying to jump into his place? Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss in this week’s Trading Shots. * * * * Fowlkes: Help me out […]

Robert Whittaker posts video statement from hospital after UFC 234 withdrawal

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is recovering from surgery to repair a collapsed bowel after his withdrawal from UFC 234. Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) was forced to pull out of his scheduled title defense against Kelvin Gastelum (16-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) just hours before Saturday’s event at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, was […]

Robert Whittaker releases video statement from hospital after UFC 234 withdrawal

Robert Whittaker was trying to fight Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234 — even with a severe hernia. The UFC middleweight champion said Sunday night in a video statement posted to his Instagram page that he was trying to convince doctors to let him defend his title in Melbourne, Australia, right up until the point that […]

Israel Adesanya believes he’s No. 1 contender despite Robert Whittaker pulling out of UFC 234

UFC president Dana White said the UFC 234 fight between Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva would be a middleweight title eliminator bout. And Adesanya is going to stick with White’s original statement — despite some chaos this weekend. Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker pulled out of his scheduled title bout Kelvin Gastelum in the main event […]

Kelvin Gastelum declares himself UFC champ, invites Robert Whittaker for ‘crack at my title’

MELBOURNE, Australia – Kelvin Gastelum is declaring himself UFC middleweight champion after Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw from the UFC 234 main event on short notice. After issuing a classy message to Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) following his withdrawal from UFC 234 due to a serious abdominal issue that required “emergency surgery,” Gastelum (16-3 […]

Robert Whittaker undergoes ’emergency surgery’ after UFC 234 withdrawal

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittakerwas forced to undergo “emergency surgery” in the immediate aftermath of his sudden withdrawal from the UFC 234 main event. Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) came down with a “severe abdominal injury,” according to UFC officials, and was deemed unable to compete in tonight’s title-fight headliner against Kelvin Gastelum (16-3 MMA, […]

Robert Whittaker UFC 234 media workout

MELBOURNE, Australia — Ahead of UFC 234, Robert Whittaker put on a show for media during a workout Wednesday local time at Absolute MMA. Whittaker defends his UFC middleweight title against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event Sunday (Saturday in North America). View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Robert Whittaker: Respect to Kelvin Gastelum, but ‘I went 10 rounds with a monster’

MELBOURNE, Australia – Robert Whittaker knows there are those that believe he may have left a piece of himself in the cage following a pair of wars with Yoel Romero, but the UFC middleweight champion has a different take on that experience. “I feel they should be worried, but for other reasons,” Whittaker told MMAjunkie […]

‘UFC 234 Embedded,’ No. 1: Robert Whittaker ‘too much’ for Kelvin Gastelum

The UFC’s first pay-per-view event of the year takes place this weekend with UFC 234 event, and the promotion’s popular “Embedded” series returns to get you ready. UFC 234 takes place Saturday at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass. In the […]

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