UFC 243 – Robert Whittaker V Israel Adesanya
UFC 243 Whittaker V Adesanya 6th October Marvel Stadium
UFC 243 Whittaker V Adesanya – Build Up
Robert Whittaker a New Zealand born Australian based UFC fighter and the UFC Middleweight Champion enters UFC 243 on an impressive 9 fight win streak over some of the division’s top fighters. Yoel Romero (twice), Ronaldo Souzo, Derek Brunson and Uriah Hall are some of the names that have fallen by the wayside of Whittaker. It’s an impressive streak by any means but questions need to be asked about Whittaker’s health status. His last fight scheduled didn’t happen as he had to undergo emergency surgery on a hernia a few hours before the event. Not the greatest experience to have hanging over you before a title defence.
Israel Adesanya is a Nigerian-New Zealander UFC Middleweight and is the current Interim Middleweight Champion. An impressive record of 17-0 stands as Adesanya’s career record. He is riding a 6-fight win streak in the UFC itself and has notched up impressive victories against the likes of Kelvin Gastelum and Anderson Silva. His unorthodox style has earned him the name of the ‘Last Stylebender. An impressive striker and coming forward with constant pressure Adesanya are an exciting fighter and has earned bonuses for his last four fights.
There is little past animosity between the two fights but there is a lot of respect between the two. The fight will decide who is the Undisputed Middleweight Champion. In a stacked division this fight puts the top two fighters together with a chance to separate themselves from the pack. Health-related questions surround Robert Whittaker while questions remain about Adesanya and the calibre of fighters he has faced that have led to his 17-0 record. Both fighters having New Zealand heritage adds spice to the event which is being held in Melbourne, Australia. To the eye, Whittaker looks the bigger stronger man but what Adesanya lacks in size he makes up for with skill, fitness and pressure. This main event has the makings of an exciting fight.
Both fighters have a history of exciting fights, the performance of the night, fight of the night bonuses are a regular occurrence between both fighters and this fight should be no different. Adesanya is an up and coming star in the sport talks the talk and has so far walked the walk he will be brimming with confidence after beating Kelvin Gastelum. His fighting style makes his fights exciting to watch. On the other side, Whittaker is coming off a health scare but hasn’t lost since way back in 2014, he is on a huge winning streak which has yielded many bonuses as well, he is powerful and if he doesn’t knock you out usually grinds you down for a unanimous decision victory.
Adesanya is coming off a couple of fights which went the distance but I do not see this one lasting five rounds. Whittaker will go for the kill early and I think Adesanya’s style and unorthodox attack will catch Whittaker and knock him out in round two. Whittaker is the bookmaker’s favourite at 4/6 with Adesanya at 11/10. For me, the bet that sticks out here is a TKO/KO for Adesanya at 21/10. This can happen in any round. Adesanya to win in round two as already advised is a very nice price of 9/1.
If you are feeling brave and want to combine the round and method of victory then you are going for a TKO for Adesanya in round two with a price of 11/1. All the odds are with Paddy Power. With both fighters having numerous times showing they can go the distance and have the fitness for the challenge of a five-round fight, a small saving bet on Adesanya to win on points is also advised.
Method of Victory
Israel Adesanya to win by TKO/KO
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