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Israel Adesanya defeats Whittaker to retain UFC middleweight title

Israel Adesanya has overwhelmed Robert Whittaker by way of unanimous choice (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) in the principle occasion of UFC 271 on Saturday evening at Toyota Middle.

Adesanya employed his size and attain to counter Whittaker’s boxing, making certain he left the Octagon together with his middleweight belt.

However the combat was very shut, a lot in order that the gang booed the choice, considering Whittaker was the rightful winner.

“I knew he was gonna convey every thing, as a result of final time I took every thing away from him,” Adesanya mentioned.

“He had nothing to lose. Like I mentioned, I’m the champ. You need it, come get it.”

Adesanya (22-1) had stopped Whittaker by way of second-round knockout at UFC 243 in October 2019 to win the title.

The Nigerian-born New Zealander is undefeated at middleweight however dropped a unanimous choice to then-light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz in a UFC title combat at UFC 259 final March.

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