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UFC 276: Israel Adesanya insists he does NOT want to fight Robert Whittaker again

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‘I’ve read that book twice already’: Israel Adesanya insists he does NOT want to fight Robert Whittaker again as UFC middleweight champion shuts down trans-Tasman trilogy

  • Israel Adesanya has no interest in a trilogy bout with Robert Whittaker 
  • The UFC middleweight champion defeated his Aussie rival earlier this year 
  • Adesanya has gotten the better of Whittaker twice in comfortable fashion
  • He takes on Jared Cannonier on July 3 and distanced himself from a trilogy 

Israel Adesanya has moved on from his rivalry with Robert Whittaker, insisting that he has no plans to fight his Australian foe for a third time. 

Adesanya, 32, first defeat Bobby Knuckles in 2019 to win the UFC middleweight title at Marvel Stadium. The pair met earlier this year where the New Zealander clinched a points decision victory in Las Vegas.

Whittaker, 31, disputed the outcome of their February clash and demanded a rematch, but the UFC opted to pair their reigning champion with Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 early next month.

Israel Adesanya has no interest in fighting middleweight rival Robert Whittaker for a third time

Israel Adesanya has no interest in fighting middleweight rival Robert Whittaker for a third time

The Australian will take on Marvin Vettori in Paris later this year and could cement his place as the No 1 challenger should he triumph over the Italian.

Yet Adesanya insists he has no interest in meeting Whittaker for a third time, claiming that he has the 31-year-old’s number.   

‘He’s a great fighter but I know how that book ends,’ Adesanya said of Whittaker.

‘I’ve read that book twice already. First time with a quick read, second time a little bit longer… I don’t like reading the same book over and over again.’

Whittaker (left) has twice taken on Adesanya (right) and has failed on both occasions

Whittaker (left) has twice taken on Adesanya (right) and has failed on both occasions 

The 32-year-old says he has'read that book twice already' in reference to Whittaker

The 32-year-old says he has ‘read that book twice already’ in reference to Whittaker

Adesanya will headline a UFC 276 card of huge interest to fight fans Down Under, with featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski taking on Max Holloway in a highly-anticipated trilogy bout in the co-main event.

Volkanovski scraped past the Hawaiian in their previous bout and wants to secure a dominant victory before setting his sights on the lightweight division.

‘I’m gonna go out there and I plan on putting a beating on him this time,’ Volkanovski said.

Adesanya (L) and teammate Alexander Volkanovski (R) will defend their titles at UFC 276

Adesanya (L) and teammate Alexander Volkanovski (R) will defend their titles at UFC 276

‘I really do want to make a statement. I did originally want this trilogy to shut people up, but right now, it’s not about that. I don’t care.

‘This is what’s gonna be a legacy fight for me. Really taking him out again will really put my name out there and raise that bar.

‘It [victory] is going to give me that time to go for that double champ status. That is what I want.’ 

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