UFC 243: Israel Adesanya Knocks Out Robert Whittaker to Become the Undisputed Middleweight Champion
In the main event of UFC 243, Israel Adesanya defeated Robert Whitaker and became the undisputed UFC middleweight champion. Adesanya, who has been a part of UFC for just 18 months, became one of the top fighters in this organization following this match.
The Nigerian-born fighter achieved this latest feat in spectacular fashion at UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia.
Whittaker started out throwing a host of power shots but Adesanya was loose and slick on his feet in the opening round, and delivered a stunning right hand in the final seconds that sent Whittaker crashing to the canvas as the buzzer saved the champion from a first-round defeat.
Adesanya ended the fight in the second of the five-round contest with a left hook.
Adesanya (18-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) said after the match that his team made perfect tactics for this match and that everything they planned happened in the octagon. They predicted all the moves of his rival, which is why he came out victorious in the end.
“He threw everything we expected. We had everything planned from Plan A to Z,” Adesanya said. “It‘s unreal. They said I have no knockout power.”
In all, it took Adesanya 3 minutes 35 seconds to capture the undisputed UFC middleweight title in front of nearly 60,000 fans at Marvel Stadium.
Whittaker accepted a defeat, saying that his opponent simply deserved to win and that he used the slightest room for making the edge.
“My hat is off to Adesanya,” the no-nonsense Whitaker said. “He’s very strong, I thought I was doing well and then I got caught. … I didn’t get the ‘W’ today, but I’m not going anywhere.”