Dana White Targeting January Date for Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker Rematch
Dana White recently confirmed in a statement that the UFC is hoping to book the UFC middleweight championship rematch between Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker in January 2022.
The President of UFC had a chat with The Daily Graph where he was asked about the update on one of the most-anticipated middleweight bouts. Dana White replied that nothing is sure as of now but the company is hoping for a January date.
Dana White’s statement reads, “That’s a fight we want to make, so we’re working on it. I will get that done. That’s what we’re working on – we’re working on January.”
White also confirmed the rematch between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker would not take place in New Zealand or Australia. He said, “You know what sucks? With everything that’s going on right now, when you think about that fight, that fight should be done over there (in Australia or New Zealand). But that ain’t going to happen. Listen, I don’t like to be all cocky and sh*t, but we will do everything in our power to get that stuff worked out.” (h/t MMA Junkie)
Adesanya first collided with Whittaker at UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia in October 2019. He won this bout in the second round via knockout to become the new UFC middleweight champion. Since then, he successfully defended his title three times and defeated Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa, and Marvin Vettori.
On the other hand, Robert Whittaker also registered three back-to-back victories after losing the middleweight championship to Adesanya. Whittaker defeated Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum to become the new no.1 contender for the UFC middleweight championship.