Israel Adesanya extended his ultimate skilled file to 18-0 as he dethroned UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in spectacular style at UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia.
Adesanya, 30, arrived in the world to an acrobatic choreographed dance routine and produced a come-punch-ultimate performance to scheme Whittaker after three minutes and 33 seconds of the 2d spherical and clutch the undisputed UFC middleweight title in front of nearly 60,000 fans at Surprise Stadium.
Whittaker began out throwing a bunch of energy photos but Nigerian-born Recent Zealander Adesanya became once free and slick on his feet in the opening spherical, and delivered an impressive lawful hand in the final seconds that sent Whittaker crashing to the canvas as the buzzer saved the champion from a first-rate-spherical defeat.
The same counter lawful hook from Adesanya found its trace early in the 2d spherical as the intervening time champion began to flip up the warmth, but a highly efficient left from the defending champion showed the challenger would need to be on his guard in opposition to Whittaker’s energy.
And, as the pair began to commerce huge photos in the heart of the octagon, Adesanya planted his feet and answered a straight lawful from Whittaker with an impressive lawful-left aggregate to ship him down, with referee Marc Goddard stepping in to spare the Australian additional punishment as the Kiwi moved in to apply the ending touches on the ground.
Vulnerable kickboxing huge name Adesanya exploded onto the worldwide MMA scene simplest final year after arriving in the UFC with an undefeated 11-0 file. The Kiwi then reeled off six successive wins contained in the octagon, culminating in his victory over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 in April that noticed him clutch the intervening time middleweight title in a Fight of the three hundred and sixty five days contender in Atlanta.
That victory characteristic up an all-Antipodean conflict with returning world champion Whittaker in Melbourne, with the bout pitting the demanding-hitting Australian in opposition to the undefeated rising huge name from Recent Zealand.
The match characteristic a new attendance file for the UFC, with 57,127 fans packing Surprise Stadium on combat night. That figure topped the outdated file of 56,214 held by the similar stadium at UFC 193, when Holly Holm dramatically knocked out Ronda Rousey to clutch the UFC women folks’s bantamweight title succor in November 2015.
And, on the supreme stage of his profession, Adesanya stepped up and delivered a gargantuan performance to cap his ride from fan to world champion.
„I became once in the nosebleeds,“ he told UFC commentator Jon Anik in his post-combat interview. „Now I made his nostril bleed.
„He threw the complete lot we expected. We had the complete lot from his Plan A, Plan B, Plan C. We had the complete lot up to Plan Z.“
Adesanya’s first test as undisputed middleweight champion looks characteristic to come in opposition to hulking Brazilian contender Paulo Costa, who became once a prominent figure at cageside on combat night.
Fancy Adesanya, „Borrachinha“ (translation: „The Eraser“) is also undefeated, and the Brazilian has blitzed his solution to the number-one contender station with four straight TKO finishes, adopted by a demanding-earned decision capture over Cuba’s broken-down Olympic wrestler Yoel Romero.
Now the 28-year-aged from Belo Horizonte looks characteristic to difficulty Adesanya, and has already made no secret of his abhor for the self-confident Kiwi, labelling him „skinny“, while the new champion described the musclebound Brazilian as having a witness like an „over-inflated balloon animal“.
Hooker calls his shot after co-main match victory
Within the night’s co-main match, Adesanya’s teammate, Kiwi light-weight Dan „The Hangman“ Hooker, produced a dominant existing to provide a unanimous decision victory over broken-down title challenger Al Iaquinta before calling for a fatherland combat in opposition to the most most smartly-liked man to difficulty for the UFC light-weight title.
Hooker obtained all three rounds on all three of the judges‘ scorecards as he outclassed Recent York’s Iaquinta, incomes scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-26 to take his file to 19-8 overall, and 6-1 as a light-weight.
And, after his capture, Hooker stored his post-combat interview short and to the point as he issued a subject to broken-down intervening time champion Dustin „The Diamond“ Poirier.
„I’m gonna enlighten my next combat,“ he declared.
„Dustin Poirier, I’m gonna fracture your face in. Meet me in Recent Zealand, 2020, and I’m gonna dwell you!“
Responding on social media, Poirier gave the affect much less eager. In succor-to-succor tweets, Poirier answered to Hooker’s difficulty by suggesting that he’ll be going via Conor McGregor next, announcing: „I’m combating the Irishman next. You are end but no longer but buddy defend punching.
„Dan can combat Cowboy. I’m chilling out except one thing in truth excites me. Working on my craft.“