UFC fans have reacted with bemusement as Marvin Vettori – and never Robert Whittaker – was handed a rematch against middleweight champion Israel Adesanya three years after dropping to ‘The Last Stylebender’.
News of the upcoming middleweight title battle was confirmed by UFC boss Dana White, with the battle scheduled to prime the UFC 263 card on June 12 in a battle which is able to be a rematch of their first assembly in April 2018. On that event, Adesanya was awarded the win by way of a cut up choice on the judges’ scorecards.
Since then, Vettori has remained unbeaten and has wracked off victories against the likes of Cezar Ferreira, Jack Hermansson and, most just lately, Kevin Holland to announce his candidacy as a title menace within the UFC’s 185lbs fold.
Vettori had been slated to battle England’s Darren Till earlier this month in a battle extensively anticipated to disclose the id of Adesanya’s subsequent opponent earlier than the Englishman was compelled to withdraw after struggling a damaged collarbone in preparation.
Another of Adesanya’s former foes, ex-champ Robert Whittaker, was additionally thought to have been in line after his five-round shellacking of Kelvin Gastelum final weekend, however it’s Vettori and never the Australian banger who has been lined as much as throw down with Adesanya – who will battle for the primary time since his unsuccessful bid to seize the group’s mild heavyweight title from Jan Blachowicz.
And whereas Vettori will seemingly current a succesful menace to the UFC’s middleweight standard-bearer, various fans aren’t precisely of the opinion that White and the UFC have posed Adesanya as potent a problem as he might need had.
It won’t even be aggressive Izzy smashes him
— DarrenRawDogTill (@raw_till) April 24, 2021
Bobby Knuckles disrespected once more
— Brandon (@MrTakes_) April 24, 2021
Man the disrespect to Whittaker is unbelievable smh
— strikeforce_nickdiaz (@SNickdiaz) April 24, 2021
“It won’t even be competitive,” prompt one fan. “Izzy smashes him.“
Others, although, had been involved as to why Whittaker – who has defeated Till, Jared Cannonier and Gastelum in his three most up-to-date fights – wasn’t booked for his personal rematch with Adesanya, whom he misplaced his middleweight title to in 2019.
“Bobby Knuckles disrespected again,” wrote one on-line, whereas one other added that the “disrespect to Whittaker is unbelievable“.
However, the one man who won’t be too involved in regards to the improvement is Whittaker himself.
“I’ve got to go home and look at my injuries,” stated Whittaker after his win against Gastelum in Las Vegas final week when requested if he would be concerned about a June battle with Adesanya.
“Going into this fight I wasn’t 100 percent. I don’t think any fighter is, but I have to take care of my hands – and especially my shin, things like that. My legs, they’re a little beat up.”
So when Whittaker does make his return to motion, presumably later this 12 months, he’ll be as wholesome as is feasible in his bid to reclaim the world title he held for greater than two years.