Whittaker won’t make the same mistakes against Adesanya

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Daniel Cormier expects Robert Whittaker to deliver a much better fight in his rematch with UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

Adesanya dethroned Whittaker to win the middleweight title at UFC 243 in one of his most perfect performances to date. Whittaker hasn’t lost since, defeating Darren Till, Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum en route to a chance for redemption.

Whittaker (23-5 MMA, 14-3 UFC) admitted that his ego got in the way in the first fight, which made him reckless in his stoppage loss to Adesanya (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC). But with Whittaker bouncing impressively, Cormier expects a much more calculated approach from him when they pick things up in the main event of UFC 271 on February 12.

“I think it will be a lot more competitive,” Cormier said in an interview with Helen Yee. “I think Robert Whittaker took a while and in fights he got better. I don’t know how you get better when you’re Robert Whittaker and you’ve defended the belt so many times and you were the champion and you were all of those good things, but you’re still getting better, and he’s shown it. in his last couple bouts.

“He’s really getting better, he’s getting even better, and I think being over there with Adesanya, I think a lot of that nervous energy that he got to feel in that fight won’t be as prevalent, you know. . He won’t feel like he has to rush. He will be more patient. He will be more willing to take his time in his process.

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The only man to push Adesanya to the edge of middleweight is Gastelum, who engaged in a 2019 “fight of the year” war with Adesanya in an interim middleweight title fight at UFC 236. Good Whether Gastelum was able to support and injure Adesanya, Last Stylebender “outlived him in a thrilling battle.

Cormier believes Whittaker made the mistake of using Gastelum’s approach as a model, which ultimately cost him dearly when he was continually bombarded on the counter.

“I think there was some solace in watching Adesanya fight against Kelvin Gastelum who was unwarranted,” Cormier said. “Seeing Gastelum be successful in the things he did may have given Rob the wrong idea what he could do. But you are not the next man. You are your own man and you have to beat yourself that way. I think Whittaker made some mistakes, and I don’t think he will do it again.

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