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Midnight Mania! Robert Whittaker denies Dana White’s claim, will chase Israel Adesanya to Light Heavyweight

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After Robert Whittaker’s decisive victory over Jared Cannonier at UFC 254, Whittaker appeared to be next-in-line for the Middleweight title. Dana White said that a rematch made sense, and Whittaker expressed his interested in facing Israel Adesanya again around March after spending the holiday season with his family.

However, the promotion chose to go in another direction. Rather than have Adesanya defend his title again, he’ll head up to 205 lbs. and attempt to claim double champ status by taking out Jan Blachowicz.

That’s a great fight, but in the process, White claimed that Whittaker does not want the Adesanya rematch at all.

“I certainly think he took a little twist to what I said,” Whittaker told MMA Junkie. “I never said I don’t want to fight Izzy. That’s not something I said. I did not say that. I’m looking to fight March, April next year. I would like to fight Izzy. If Izzy’s moving up to fight Jan, then I’ll move up and fight him there if he gets the win. I want that fight. I do want that fight. We just had to work it into that timeline.

“I have no control on what the UFC’s going to do or what Izzy’s going to do, but whether he’s here at middleweight or up at light heavyweight, I’ll take the fight him.”

Whittaker isn’t upset with UFC moving in another direction, but his goal remains the same in facing Adesanya again and retaking the title. Uninterested in fighting down the rankings a third straight time, Whittaker is a bit surprised he was never contacted.

“They never reached out to me – not once,” Whittaker continued. “It wasn’t so much of a twist of Izzy fighting Jan. I can see why they would want to do that, why Izzy would want to do that, why the UFC would want it. I can see that happening. It’s more the twist or how he took my words. Either he misinterpreted it or twisted it a little bit. That one took me for a little bit of a ride. But like I said, my timeline stands. That is the fight that I’ve earned.”


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