Morning Report: Following KO loss at UFC 243, Robert Whittaker looks to return to action in early 2020

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting AtUFC 243 over the weekend, Robert Whittaker lost his middleweight title to Israel Adesanya via second-round TKO. It was an unfortunate setback for the now former champion but it should come as no surprise to anyone the man affectionately dubbed “Bobby Knuckles” is handling his loss quite well. In fact, Whittaker […]

Kelvin Gastelum Wasn’t Impressed with Robert Whittaker’s Performance at UFC 243

Robert Whittaker is no longer middleweight champion after Israel Adesanya defeated him by technical knockout in the second round in the UFC 243 headliner this past Saturday. View full post on Recent News on

Video: Kelvin Gastelum calls Robert Whittaker’s performance at UFC 243 ‘disappointing’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting LOS ANGELES — Kelvin Gastelum discusses facing Darren Till at UFC 244, Robert Whittaker’s performance against Israel Adesanya, and more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Israel Adesanya expects future rematch with Robert Whittaker: ‘I’ll see him again, definitely’

MELBOURNE, Australia – The MMA world is hailing its latest superstar after Israel Adesanya dethroned Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 to capture the middleweight title. But while the super-confident Kiwi won’t go as far as anointing himself the UFC’s biggest star, he said if the cap fits, he’s quite happy to wear it. “I can’t […]

Robert Whittaker Makes No Excuses, Covets Rematch with Israel Adesanya

It had been a long time since Robert Whittaker climbed into the Octagon and even longer since he tasted defeat. View full post on Recent News on

Israel Adesanya Melts Robert Whittaker to Unify Middleweight Title in UFC 243 Headliner

Israel Adesanya unifies middleweight championship with second-round stoppage of Robert Whittaker. View full post on Recent News on

UFC 243 in Tweets: Pros react to Israel Adesanya’s stoppage win over Robert Whittaker, Dan Hooker’s dominant decision win

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Israel Adesanya is the new UFC middleweight champion. The undefeated fighter stopped then champ Robert Whittaker in the second round of their main event at Saturday’s UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia. With this result, Adesanya put an end to a successful, two-year campaign to the top of the 185-pound division. “The […]

Robert Whittaker not discouraged by UFC 243 loss to Israel Adesanya: ‘I can beat him’

MELBOURNE, Australia – Robert Whittaker is in good spirits despite losing his UFC middleweight title to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243. Whittaker (20-5 MMA, 11-3 UFC) suffered a second-round knockout loss to Adesanya (18-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) in the title unification bout, which took place Saturday (Sunday locally) at Marvel Stadium. He was doing well […]

‘UFC 243 Embedded,’ No. 6: What’d Israel Adesanya say to Robert Whittaker at weigh-ins?

The UFC’s 10th pay-per-view of the year takes place Saturday with UFC 243, and the promotion’s popular “Embedded” series returns to get you ready. UFC 243 takes place at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+. In the main event, Robert Whittaker (20-4 […]

Robert Whittaker plans to drag Israel Adesanya into trenches: Let’s see if he wants to leave early

MELBOURNE, Australia – Robert Whittaker saw exactly what Kelvin Gastelum was able to do to Israel Adesanya earlier this year, and he admits there were some lessons to take from that epic UFC 236 encounter. “If Gastelum can do that much work, I can,” Whittaker told MMA Junkie. “I like to think I’ve got a […]

Robert Whittaker: ‘I wasn’t that impressed’ by Israel Adesanya’s win over Kelvin Gastelum

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting MELBOURNE, Australia — UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker admits he wasn’t all that impressed by Israel Adesanya’s performance against Kelvin Gastelum where he won the interim middleweight title. Whittaker also addresses his return to action after more than a year away while feeling better than ever ahead of UFC 243. View […]

Video: UFC 243 media day faceoffs, where Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya stare down

MELBOURNE, Australia – At Thursday’s UFC 243 media day, the fighters from the majority of the card came together to face off for the first time during fight week. That included headliners Robert Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) vs. Israel Adesanya (17-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), who fight to unify the UFC middleweight championship atop the card, […]

Robert Whittaker ‘Not at All’ Impacted by Israel Adesanya’s Fight-Selling Comments

Robert Whittaker remains his usual quiet self in lead-up to the biggest fight of his career when the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s 185-pound champ takes on the interim title holder, New Zealand’s Israel Adesanya on Saturday at UFC 243. View full post on Recent News on

Israel Adesanya has warning for Robert Whittaker: I don’t strike like a 43-year-old wrestler

MELBOURNE, Australia – While Robert Whittaker has generally been lauded for the toughness he showed in a pair of five-round victories over the ageless Yoel Romero, Israel Adesanya doesn’t see those performances as particularly praiseworthy. Sure, Whittaker was able to pick up decision wins in each of those performances, but Adesanya doesn’t see that as […]

Robert Whittaker on Israel Adesanya banter: If it had become personal, I would have taken care of it personally

MELBOURNE, Australia – During his meteoric rise to the top of the UFC’s middleweight division, Israel Adesanya hasn’t hesitated to hurl an insult or two toward Robert Whittaker. For his part, the reigning UFC middleweight champion says he’s heard it all, but he hasn’t let it affect him one bit. “Not at all,” Whittaker told […]

Robert Whittaker on Israel Adesanya: ‘If [Kelvin] Gastelum Can Hit Him, I Can Hit Him’

Robert Whittaker will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon on Saturday night where he will defend his middleweight title for the first time against the interim champ Israel Adesanya when the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Melbourne, Australia, for the biggest fight in Australian combat history. View full post on Recent News on

UFC 243: Make your predictions for Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya (Updated)

(Editor’s note: Story updated at 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, to reflect De Castro-Tafa as fifth main card fight.) We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC 243 event in Melbourne, Australia. Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and […]

UFC 243: Make your predictions for Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC 243 event in Melbourne, Australia. Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT). Those MMA Junkie reader consensus picks […]

Paulo Costa predicts win for Robert Whittaker over ‘fake champion’ Israel Adesanya at UFC 243

Gallery Paulo Costa def. Yoel Romero at UFC 241: Best photos view 35 images Paulo Costa still plans on being front and center to watch his potential next opponent. He will fly halfway across the world to Melbourne, Australia, to watch Robert Whittaker defend his middleweight title against interim champion Israel Adesanya in the UFC […]

After UFC 241, Paulo Costa thinks Robert Whittaker, Israel Adesanya scared of him

ANAHEIM, Calif. – At the conclusion of Paulo Costa’s fight Saturday night, the fans at Honda Center seemed thrilled. But they weren’t the only ones. The UFC brass was happy enough with the performance Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) put on against former title challenger Yoel Romero (13-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC) to give the two […]

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