UFC 276 to be headlined by Israel Adesanya – Jared Cannonier

While all eyes are on UFC 274 tonight, the promotion announced the headliner for their signature July PPV. On tonight’s PPV broadcast, it was announced that middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (22-1) will defend his middleweight title against Jared Cannonier (15-5).

The fight will headline UFC 276 on July 2nd. For Cannonier, he finally gets the crack at the title that he’s been searching for since he moved down to middleweight. Cannonier moved down to 185 in 2018 after unsuccessful stints at heavyweight and light heavyweight.

Immediately, it was evident that 185 was his proper weight class. Since dropping down, The Killa Gorilla is 5-1 and only Kelvin Gastelum has gone the distance in those victories. The lone loss came against former UFC champion Robert Whittaker.

Coming into this title fight, Cannonier is riding a two-fight winning streak. The last time we saw him was at UFC 271 when he took on Derek Brunson. After a tough first round, Cannonier swarmed Brunson in the second and got the TKO victory.

UFC’s Last Stylebender Defends Again

Speaking of UFC 271, that is also the last time that we saw Israel Adesanya. That was the night that he had his highly anticipated rematch with former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.

The fight was very close, but Adesanya was able to get the win and retain his middleweight championship. It was Adesanya’s fourth successful defense of his UFC middleweight championship.

In Stylebender’s MMA career, he’s only fallen short once. That was when he tried to become a two-division UFC champion and lost to Jan Blachowicz at light heavyweight. At middleweight, nobody has been better than Israel Adesanya.

Now, Adesanya will seek his fifth ruby for defending the middleweight crown successfully for a fifth time. He’s got a challenger in front of him with a ton of power, but if anyone can solve the riddle it’s Israel Adesanya. This should be a tremendous fight and it’s an excellent headliner for UFC 276.

Looking ahead to Israel Adesanya – Jared Cannonier after UFC 271

This past Saturday at UFC 271, we saw two massive matchups in the middleweight division. In the main event of the evening, the middleweight title was on the line as Israel Adesanya (22-1) defended against Robert Whittaker (23-6).

On the main card of UFC 271, we also saw a title elimination bout between Jared Cannonier (15-5) and Derek Brunson (23-8). This fight ended up having so many exciting turns that even people who were excited for this fight didn’t foresee happening.

In the first round, Brunson dropped Cannonier and used his wrestling to control him. Near the end of the first round, Brunson locked in a deep rear naked choke. However, the round ended and we moved to the second.

Once in the second, it was all Cannonier. Brunson looked tired and defeated that he didn’t win in the first. Cannonier capitalized and hurt Brunson badly. A flurry of brutal shots led him to the TKO win at UFC 271. 

In the main event, Adesanya and Whittaker went to battle again. After their lopsided first fight, this one was much closer. However, it didn’t start that way. Adesanya controlled the first round and even dropped Whittaker.

However, Whittaker came back strong and made rounds 2-5 extremely competitive. Overall, I think Adesanya was the correct winner. However, I could even see an argument for giving Whittaker three rounds. Nevertheless, Adesanya got the decision at UFC 271 and retained his title. 

Previewing UFC title fight

Dana White made it clear after the fight that Jared Cannonier would get the next shot. Adesanya agreed and said he hopes the UFC could put it together for their June PPV. Early word is that looks like the target for this matchup.

Adesanya’s last two title defenses have been rematches. However, he’s getting new blood with this UFC defense against Cannonier. Adesanya vocalized that he wanted to fight Cannonier back in 2020, but Cannonier was derailed by Whittaker.

Now, Cannonier has won two straight to earn himself a shot. Cannonier has some serious power and he definitely poses some threats to the champion. However, Stylebender should be the big favorite heading into their title fight.

In my early analysis, I’m having a hard time seeing Cannonier having success due to his struggles to get inside. I think Adesanya is going to really work the leg kicks in this one and he’s going to be hard to catch.

Whenever these two meetup at the June UFC PPV, I’m expecting Adesanya to retain his title. I’m not going to rule out anyone beating Adesanya at 185, but right now, it’s hard to see anyone doing it if Robert Whittaker can’t.

After second loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 271, what’s next for Robert Whittaker?

This past Saturday in the headliner of UFC 271, we saw a rematch for the middleweight title. Former champion Robert Whittaker (23-6) was looking to regain the middleweight crown as he took on the champion Israel Adesanya (22-1). This rematch was a fight that was two and a half years in the making.

Robert Whittaker had never lost to another man in the UFC’s middleweight division outside of Israel Adesanya. After losing the title to Adesanya in 2019, Bobby Knuckles responded by defeating three top contenders to earn another shot at the champion. He was out to prove that the first fight was not a representation of him as a fighter.

When the fight started at UFC 271, Whittaker was looking really shaky. Adesanya dropped him in the first round and Whittaker was having a difficult time getting on the inside. However, as the fight went on, Whittaker got better and better.

Rounds 2-4 were very close, but Adesanya seemed to still be getting the edge on things. Whittaker put together his best round in the fifth and he thought he did enough to win the title at UFC 271. However, all three judges gave the fight to Adesanya and Whittaker dropped to 0-2 against the champion.

What’s next after UFC 271?

After UFC 271, Robert Whittaker finds himself in a very tough position. He’s clearly the second best middleweight in the world. He’s head and shoulders better than even the third best middleweight. However, he’s also been defeated twice by the champion and that puts him in a weird purgatory-type place at 185.

In a way, he’s very much like Colby Covington. If Kamaru Usman wasn’t around, Covington would rule the UFC middleweights. Meanwhile if Adesanya wasn’t around, Whittaker would rule 185. Now, Whittaker must take out all contenders again to try and warrant a third fight with the champion.

With that in mind, who should the UFC pair him against? Well, there are a couple of options that make sense. One option would be pairing him against Marvin Vettori (18-4-1). Like Whittaker, Vettori has also lost to Adesanya twice which puts him in a very difficult spot.

Another option for Whittaker could be Sean Strickland (25-3). Strickland has fought his way into UFC title contention, however, he’s going to need one more big win to get a title shot. A win over Whittaker could do that or a win for Whittaker could once again cement that fact that he’s above the rest of the division.

Israel Adesanya edges Robert Whittaker at UFC 271

In the headliner of UFC 271, we saw a rematch for the middleweight title that was two and a half years in the making. The middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (21-1) was defending his championship against the former champion Robert Whittaker (23-5).

Whittaker has waited patiently and he’s finally getting his second crack at Adesanya for UFC gold. Back in 2019, Whittaker lost his title to Adesanya when he was knocked out by him in the second round. After that loss, Whittaker went back to the drawing board.

He’s come back better than ever and he’s rattled off three straight wins. Not only has he won three straight, but two of the three men were guys that Adesanya was interested in defending the middleweight title against. Those two men were Darren Till and Jared Cannonier.

Adesanya last fought at UFC 263 when he defeated Marvin Vettori. That was a bounce back win after his loss to Jan Blachowicz where Adesanya failed in his attempt to become a two-division champion. That said, Adesanya has remained perfect at 185 and he was looking to continue that at UFC 271.

UFC 271 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 271 main event kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Adesanya opens the striking with a low kick. Low kick answer from Whittaker. Oblique kick from Whittaker and another low kick lands for the champion. Inside leg kick from Adesanya lands and Whittaker circles.

Outside leg kick from Whittaker. Jab lands for Adesanya. High kick attempt from Adesanya is blocked by the challenger. Another solid oblique kick from Whittaker. Both men are very patient in the opening couple of minutes. Two more solid leg kicks land from Adesanya.

Whittaker blitzes but nothing lands. Jab from Whittaker and a vicious calf kick from Adesanya lands. Big straight shot from Adesanya and Whittaker goes down. Whittaker is right back up but Adesanya is taunting him here. Sloppy takedown attempt from Whittaker is easily defended.

Pressure here from Adesanya and he lands a brutal leg kick. Another sloppy takedown attempt from Whittaker and Adesanya is looking supremely confident here. The round ends and it was a very good one for Adesanya. 1-0 for the champion at UFC 271.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC 271 and Whittaker needs to get some respect to make this competitive. Double jab from Whittaker and he tries to follow with a head kick but Adesanya evades. Whittaker attacking more here in the second round.

Things are getting wild and Adesanya clips Whittaker. However, Whittaker lands a couple of big shots in the exchanges. Adesanya lands a brutal kick and they are back at range. Nice jab lands for Whittaker. Big right hand just misses from Whittaker, but he lands two good left hands.

Whittaker is definitely landing more here in the second. Head kick dodged by Adesanya and he lands a big leg kick. Big takedown attempt from Whittaker and he gets Adesanya down. However, Adesanya uses the fence and immediately gets back up to his feet.

Whittaker keeps the clinch and is pushing Adesanya against the fence. They break and they’re back to striking. Two solid kicks land for Adesanya. Solid jab from Adesanya and Whittaker lands a big calf kick on the counter. Two good left hands from Whittaker.

Pressure here from the champion and both men trade big shots. Powerful leg kick from Adesanya. The round comes to a close and it was razor close, but I lean towards Whittaker which would make it even at UFC 271.

Round 3

Entering the third and this could be even at UFC 271, but Adesanya definitely still holds the edge in momentum. Adesanya goes right back on the pressure to start the third round. Switch kick from Adesanya just misses the mark and Whittaker comes in with a straight left.

Body kick from Adesanya. Jab from Whittaker as Adesanya comes in. Another solid body kick from Adesanya lands. Low kick from Adesanya who is starting to put on a kicking clinic here at UFC 271. Big left straight from Whittaker and Adesanya lands a big counter.

Oblique kick from Whittaker. Whittaker tries blitzing but Adesanya evades. Level change from Whittaker and he tries a takedown, but Adesanya defends well. Adesanya goes for a head kick and Whittaker uses the opportunity to get a brief takedown.

However, Adesanya pops right back up and they are back to striking again. Nice jab from Whittaker. Double jab from Whittaker but Adesanya lands a flush shot back. Huge low kick from Adesanya buckles the leg of Whittaker. Left straight from Whittaker and a nice counter right lands from Adesanya. Another really close round at UFC 271.

Round 4

Entering the fourth and this is a very close fight at UFC 271. Oblique kick starts the round for Whittaker and he lands a flush left hand behind it. Body kick finds the mark for Adesanya. another brutal leg kick lands for Adesanya. The two men come to a clinch and Whittaker lands some good shots on the inside.

However, Adesanya lands a flush counter on the exit. Whittaker times a takedown beautifully and gets to the back of Adesanya. Adesanya pops up but Whittaker is hunting the choke. He almost has it in, but Adesanya defends it well and shakes off the challenger. Great scramble there and we are back at range.

Both men trade big jabs. Nice left hand from Whittaker but Adesanya brutalizes him with two more leg kicks. Big counter right from Adesanya and Adesanya is pressuring here. Uppercut in tight lands for Whittaker. Whittaker double jabs and Adesanya just misses on a huge right hook.

Adesanya pushes forward, but Whittaker catches him in a clinch and pushes him against the fence. Big right hand lands for Whittaker and the round comes to a close. Likely Whittaker’s round and I honestly have no idea how this is scored at UFC 271.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC 271 and this could be anyone’s fight. Whittaker comes in with a double jab and he lands it twice in a row. Nice jab from Adesanya and Whittaker lands a nice left hook. Body kick from the champion and he’s pushing forward here.

Another body kick lands for Adesanya. Huge left straight from Whittaker pops Adesanya’s head back, but he doesn’t follow up. Adesanya back on the pressure and he lands a big kick. Level change from Whittaker and he looks for a takedown. However, Adesanya defends and shakes him off.

Another good left hand lands for Whittaker. Big takedown attempt from Whittaker and he gets Adesanya down briefly. However, once again, Adesanya gets back to his feet. Body lock from Whittaker and he presses Adesanya against the fence.

Nice left hook from Whittaker on the break. Big jab lands for Adesanya and he’s back to the pressure. Low kick from Adesanya lands and Whittaker throws a combination. Another level change and takedown attempt from Whittaker.

He nearly gets him down. However, Adesanya stays on his feet. Whittaker is holding him against the fence and he tries to drag him down, but Adesanya stays on his feet. The round comes to a close and that should be Whittaker’s round, but this could be anyone’s fight at UFC 271. I think Adesanya will likely win a decision here.

Israel Adesanya def. Robert Whittaker by Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)

UFC 271 Preview: Israel Adesanya – Robert Whittaker 2

Tomorrow night in the headliner of UFC 271, we will see a rematch for the middleweight title that is two and a half years in the making. The middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (21-1) will be defending his championship against the former champion Robert Whittaker (23-5).

Whittaker has waited patiently and he’s finally getting his second crack at Adesanya for UFC gold. Back in 2019, Whittaker lost his title to Adesanya when he was knocked out by him in the second round. After that loss, Whittaker went back to the drawing board.

He’s come back better than ever and he’s rattled off three straight wins. Not only has he won three straight, but two of the three men were guys that Adesanya was interested in defending the middleweight title against. Those two men were Darren Till and Jared Cannonier.

Adesanya last fought at UFC 263 when he defeated Marvin Vettori. That was a bounce back win after his loss to Jan Blachowicz where Adesanya failed in his attempt to become a two-division champion. That said, Adesanya has remained perfect at 185 and he’s looking to continue that at UFC 271.

UFC 271 Prediction

Robert Whittaker said something yesterday at the UFC 271 press conference that is extremely true. Whittaker said that there’s him and Adesanya and then there’s a big gap to the rest of the division. If I’m being honest, that’s exactly the case.

These two men are so good and they are both better than everyone else. If Adesanya wasn’t around, Whittaker would still be the UFC middleweight champion. However, Stylebender is still around and he’s got a good style that will give Whittaker problems.

In this fight, I’m expecting Whittaker to try and mix in his wrestling. However, I don’t think his wrestling is good enough to take Adesanya down. That said, the threat of takedowns could mix in well with his striking attacks and it could throw off Adesanya.

I’m not expecting a one-sided fight at UFC 271. I think both men are going to have their moment and I think the fight goes the distance. I also believe the fight is going to be razor close. That said, I think the belt stays where it’s at tomorrow.

The timing and precision of Adesanya’s attacks are going to score him enough points to get the win. Expect a high-level technical chess match tomorrow night and expect Israel Adesanya to leave the cage with the UFC middleweight championship.

Prediction: Israel Adesanya by Unanimous Decision

Israel Adesanya inks lucrative extension prior to UFC 271

It seems like a big topic surrounding the UFC nowadays is the topic of fighter pay. This has been what Jake Paul has been attacking the promotion on and this is the one issue that’s hindering an extension between the UFC and heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

However, some fighters are having no issues doing business with the promotion. One of those fighters is UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (21-1). The Last Stylebender was set to see his contract expire during 2022, however, negotiations have been going on behind the scenes.

Today, Adesanya’s management, Paradigm Sports, announced that the two sides have reached a new agreement. The extension is a multi-fight deal that will keep Adesanya in the UFC for the foreseeable future. There was little doubt that an extension would happen, but now we all know for sure.

Adesanya’s New UFC Deal

Paradigm shed a little light on Adesanya’s new deal with MMA Fighting. Izzy’s new deal will make him one of the highest paid fighters in the sport and the deal is said to be one of the most lucrative in the history of the promotion.

In my opinion, I’m not surprised that a deal like this has come together for Adesanya. Of course, he’s a star for the UFC. However, much more than just that goes into the negotiations. Paradigm manages Israel Adesanya, but they also manage Conor McGregor.

Over the years, the UFC and Paradigm have had a great working relationship. Usually, Paradigm and Dominance MMA (Repped by Ali Abdelaziz’s) clients, do well with the UFC. Going back to Francis Ngannou, he’s not repped by either of these organizations.

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Paradigm now has the two highest paid fighters in the UFC under their banner. Of course, nobody makes more than Conor McGregor. However, Adesanya is getting up there and this is a huge win for the Paradigm organization.

Who will be UFC champion after 2022? (Welterweight – Heavyweight)

UFC, Jon Jones

2021 is coming to a close and it’s time to look at some UFC predictions for 2022. One of the fun things to do entering a new year is predicting who will be holding UFC gold once the calendar turns over to 2023.

In this article, we will be taking a look at the big boys and seeing who will be wearing gold at the end of next year. Last year, these predictions didn’t do very great as the only one I got right was the middleweight division.

I thought Jon Jones would return to become UFC heavyweight champion and I figured Israel Adesanya would defeat Jan Blachowicz. I also figured that Gilbert Burns would defeat Kamaru Usman when they fought.

Obviously, none of those predictions came true. Hopefully, my 2022 predictions for UFC champions will be a lot better.

UFC champions after 2022

Welterweight – Kamaru Usman

Starting off is the UFC’s welterweight division. Kamaru Usman (20-1) is still the king at 170 pounds after a sensational year that saw him defend his title three times. In fact, he was my fighter of the year in 2021 with those three defenses.

As we enter 2022, it’s hard to see anyone taking the title from The Nigerian Nightmare. The most intriguing contender is prospect Khamzat Chimaev (10-0). Chimaev has the skillset and the talent to potentially dethrone the champion, but we need to see him compete against more top competition first.

Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) is likely getting the next crack at Usman. Edwards didn’t win the first time they fought and it’s hard to see him beating him the second time. I think Kamaru Usman leaves 2022 with the UFC welterweight title still wrapped around his waist.

Middleweight – Israel Adesanya

Next up is the UFC’s middleweight division where Israel Adesanya (21-1). This past year saw Adesanya defend his middleweight title once and that came against Marvin Vettori back in June.

Adesanya completely dominated the fight to retain his title. Next up for The Last Stylebender is a rematch with former champion Robert Whittaker (23-5). Whittaker is by far the biggest challenger for Adesanya in the middleweight division.

These two will fight at UFC 271. If there’s one man who can beat Adesanya at 185, it’s Whittaker. However, I still give the edge to Stylebender and I think he’ll hold on to his middleweight title. If Whittaker doesn’t beat him, no one will next year.

Light Heavyweight – Jiri Prochazka

Next up is the light heavyweight division where Glover Teixeira (33-7) is currently the champion. If you would’ve told me that entering 2022 that Glover Teixeira would be the UFC’s light heavyweight champion, I would have told you that you were on drugs.

However, Teixeira proved this past year that age is just a number and he became the light heavyweight champion. His Cinderella story has truly been remarkable, however, it might come to a screeching halt in the first part of 2022.

I believe that the best light heavyweight in the world is Jiri Prochazka (28-3-1). Prochazka has looked sensational since joining the UFC with knockout wins over Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes. He will now get a shot against Teixiera in the first part of next year.

I don’t see any scenario where Teixeira wins unless he’s able to just take Prochazka down at will. Once Prochazka gets his hands on the UFC light heavyweight title, I don’t see him letting it go.

Heavyweight – Jon Jones

Last but not least is the UFC’s heavyweight division. Last year, I figured that we would have seen the heavyweight debut of Jon Jones (26-1, 1 NC) and I figured he would be atop the heavyweight division. Well, I’m keeping that prediction for 2022.

The one thing I did get right about 2021 was Francis Ngannou (16-3) defeating Stipe Miocic to become champion. Ngannou will defend his title against Ciryl Gane (10-0) next month in a unification bout.

I’m still torn on that fight, but I think that the winner is going to face Jon Jones. While some might think I’m crazy, I still believe that at his best, Jon Jones is the best fighter in the UFC. He’s had so many issues outside the cage, but inside, he’s been flawless.

Whenever he comes back and gets his shot in 2022, I think he’s going to show off just how good he is. I believe that Jones will capture the UFC heavyweight title in 2022 and regain his top spot on the pound for pound rankings.

Israel Adesanya – Robert Whittaker 2 targeted for UFC 272

One of the most highly anticipated UFC title fights in the promotion finally has a date. MMA Fighting reported earlier today that the promotion is zeroing in on an event for the rematch between middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (20-1) and former champion Robert Whittaker (23-5).

The event is being targeted for UFC 272 which will take place Super Bowl weekend on February 12th. Originally, the fight was being rumored for the January PPV, however, once the promotion finalized the heavyweight title fight between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, they planned to move this matchup back.

They wanted Adesanya and Whittaker to headline and they will do that at UFC 272. Adesanya will be looking to defend his title for the fourth time since defeating Whittaker back at UFC 243. Stylebender entered that matchup with Whittaker as the interim champion so he considers that fight to be his first title defense.

Overall, Adesanya is just 1-1 in his last two after suffering his first career loss at UFC 259. Stylebender moved up to try and become a two-division champion and lost to Jan Blachowicz. He bounced back at UFC 263 with a successful middleweight title defense over Marvin Vettori.

Can Whittaker become a two-time UFC champion?

Normally when you have a top-level UFC champion, they get a rematch pretty quickly after losing their title. However, this wasn’t the case with Robert Whittaker. Bobby Knuckles has had to climb his way back up to the title after the first loss to Adesanya.

Since that fight, Adesanya has targeted a few top contenders like Darren Till and Jared Cannonier. However, for those two to get to Adesanya, they needed to defeat Robert Whittaker. Neither man was able to do that.

The former UFC champion has won three times since their first fight. He’s defeated Kelvin Gastelum, Cannonier, and Till since losing the belt. He’s looked better and better each time out and he looks like he’s going to really test Adesanya in this rematch.

After dominant win at UFC Vegas 36, what’s next for Derek Brunson?

Derek Brunson

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 36, we saw a middleweight showdown between Derek Brunson (23-7) and Darren Till (18-4-1). Brunson was looking to pick up his fifth consecutive win.

Derek Brunson is the one guy in the UFC I probably underrate more than most. To be completely honest, I’ve picked against him in virtually every fight he’s had in the last few years. When you look at him overall and his skillset, there’s nothing that really wows you.

That said, nobody can deny the improvements he’s made overall since moving to Sanford MMA in Florida. Brunson has gone from a decent middleweight to one of the top contenders in the UFC and he was looking to show that again on Saturday.

In the fight, Till had some good moments on the feet. In fact, Till hurt Brunson in the third round. Brunson doesn’t have the greatest chin and it does seem like he gets hurt in virtually every fight he’s in. However, Brunson does a fantastic job at remaining composed.

Brunson dug deep and was able to secure a takedown after getting rocked by Till. Once the fight was on the ground, it was over from there. Brunson was able to secure a choke and get the submission win at UFC Vegas 36.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 36?

Immediately after picking up the win, Brunson went right over to one of the octagon cameras and made it clear who he wants next. Brunson called out the UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya (21-1).

Worth noting that Adesanya was the last man to beat Brunson. The two men fought in November of 2018 at UFC 230 and the fight was not close. Adesanya completely walked through Brunson and TKO’d him in the first round.

That said, Brunson has looked sensational since. He’s now won five fights in a row and he’s ranked fourth in the middleweight division. Brunson said he would be willing to wait things out for a UFC title shot, but is that wise.

Adesanya’s next challenge is a rematch with Robert Whittaker (23-5). Whittaker is also a past opponent of Brunson’s and like Adesanya, Whittaker knocked Brunson out in the first round. Brunson wants to get both of those fights back.

The next UFC middleweight title fight is likely not going to take place until early 2022. That said, Brunson would have to wait until the late spring or early summer. I don’t think it’s a wise decision and if he’s too passive, he might get passed up.

If you’re asking me, I would tell him to either fight Jared Cannonier (14-5) or the winner of Paulo Costa (13-1) and Marvin Vettori (17-4-1). Brunson shouldn’t have to fight again, but the reality of the situation is that he might have to.

The UFC is going to try and make the biggest title fight possible after Whittaker and Adesanya fight again. If Brunson just sits and waits, he might not get the nod.

UFC pushing back Israel Adesanya – Robert Whittaker 2

One of the more highly anticipated UFC fights of 2021 is going to have to wait. Today, we’ve learned that the rematch between Israel Adesanya (21-1) and Robert Whittaker (23-5) is being delayed.

Apparently, the UFC was targeting this rematch as the headliner of UFC 268 in New York. The rematch between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington was thought to be the headliner of the event.

However, we are now learning that the UFC was targeting that fight as the co-main while the Adesanya – Whittaker rematch would be the headliner. Unfortunately for fight fans, that fight will not take place in November as originally planned.

Whittaker’s manager told the Daily Telegraph today that the UFC had planned on Whittaker – Adesanya 2 headlining MSG. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions in New Zealand, the fight is being pushed back.

According to Whittaker’s manager, neither Adesanya nor Whittaker were going to have issues getting into the United States. However, Adesanya was going to be stranded for a while without being able to return to New Zealand for a while. As a result, the UFC is scrapping the November idea.

When will the UFC book this rematch?

Per Whittaker’s manager, the UFC is now looking at potentially booking the rematch in the first part of 2022. Perhaps the January PPV or even the Super Bowl PPV cards could be the target for their rematch.

The two men fought back at UFC 243 when Adesanya was the interim champion and Whittaker was the undisputed champion. Adesanya finished Whittaker in the second round to unify the UFC title.

Since that win, Adesanya has gone 3-1 with the lone loss coming in his attempt to capture a second world title against Jan Blachowicz. Whittaker has been extremely patient while he’s waited for his rematch with the UFC champion.

Bobby Knuckles has gone on a run where he’s defeated Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum. Honestly, Whittaker deserved this rematch a long time ago and I’m just glad he’s getting the next shot. Downside is that we have no idea at this point when the fight will take place.