‘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
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
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
‘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.’