By Uche Dozie
Nigerian born fighter was in his element on Saturday night as he beat rival, Robert Whittaker for the second time to retain his UFC Middleweight title.
At the Toyata Center in Houston, Texas the stylebender got his victory over Whittaker via a unanimous decision of 48-47 48-47 49-46 victory on the judges’ score cards.
The two fighters had met in 2019 where Adesanya took the Reaper to the cleaners, but this time, Whittaker put up a better challenge to lose by few points.
The five-round bout saw The Nigerian dominate the first two, but Whittaker capitalised on what seemed like an injury to Adesanya to come back into the fight in the third and fourth round. Adesanya did enough to take the fight in the fifth round.
“I knew he was gonna bring everything, because last time I took everything away from him,” said Adesanya in his post-fight interview. “So he had nothing to lose. And like I said, I’m the champion. You want it [the belt], come get it.”
Whittaker, meanwhile, felt he deserved more on the score cards. “I’m gutted, I thought I did enough,” said the Australian. He added, “We’re the two best middleweights in the world, he knows this, we know this.”
With the win, middleweight champion is on 22-1 while the former champion with the loss falls to 24-6.
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