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Midnight Mania! Robert Whittaker wants to fight Adesanya on the same card as Khabib vs. Poirier

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Israel Adesanya and Dustin Poirier won their interim titles on the same incredible fight card, UFC 236 (see the slo-mo replay), and UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker wants to recapture that magic in September. He wants to unify the middleweight belt on the same card with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Poirier.

The timeline seemingly works out, as Poirier has been pushing for a September date opposite Khabib, and the Dagestani lightweight champion agrees. Whittaker-Adesanya will probably be a stadium show in Australia. Whittaker rightly guesses that this is probably the biggest title fight with a similar timeline to his own; Khabib’s last fight, defeating Conor McGregor at UFC 229, garnered Khabib immense attention, especially as he ended that card flying out of the cage to attack McGregor’s teammates. Poirier, meanwhile, has become a newly minted legend among hardcore fans, defeating Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, and Max Holloway in his recent run.

Whittaker vs. Adesanya is a huge fight in it’s own right. Adesanya has superstar potential, and he won the interim title in an odds-on contender for Fight of the Year opposite Kelvin Gastelum. Robert Whittaker is a generational talent, though, and he is aiming to be the man who turns back the superstar’s rise, and perhaps takes that shine for himself. He has been, while still respectful, more outspoken in his criticism of Israel than he usually is, and that confidence speaks volumes. Lobbying for the biggest platform possible, alongside the biggest title fight going, is a savvy move. Khabib-Poirier won’t suck all the air out of the room the way a Brock Lesnar or Conor McGregor fight would, but it would draw additional attention to him and his fight with Adesanya. Moreover, there is an easy theme: interim champions vs. ‘real’ champions.


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