Nigerian-New Zealand boxer, Israel Adesanya said that he intends to have fun all through his fight against Robert Whittaker of Australia in their gigantic UFC 243 title unification fight on Sunday, 6th of October.
The fight which is scheduled to hold at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, is envisaged to be the biggest gate in UFC history with not less than 55,000 fans.
The Last Stylebender, Adesanya (17-0) intends to maintain his undefeated ways as he fights against Middleweight champion Whittaker (20-4)
In a pre-fight interview with Sports Illustrated, Adesanya said: “It’s going to be me having fun the whole way, I just have to have fun and keep that same energy, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
It is no news that Adesanya and Whittaker are two of the world’s most elite middleweight mixed martial artists but gist hovering around Whittaker’s camp is that 30-year-old Adesanya’s wrestling skills might not match that of the 28–year-old Aussie.
“Whittaker can believe whatever he wants to believe,” continued Adesanya. “Belief and reality are two separate things, and I’ll show him what’s real in the cage.
“And when people talk about the fight, that’s all white noise. I use it to my advantage when I can, but most of the time, it’s just white noise that I either laugh at, scoff at, or ignore.
In addressing Whittaker’s remarks concerning his last fight against Kelvin Gastelum in April at UFC 236, where the Aussie said he didn’t have any pop in his punches, Adesanya said “the reality is a lot different than what he believes.
“Look at Whittaker’s last fight [against Yoel Romero in June 2018 at UFC 225]. He fought a 42-year-old wrestler and got dropped and spun around. I’m not a 42-year-old wrestler. If he gets touched by me multiple times, we all know where the fight is going.”
Adesanya is most boxing analyst favourite to emerge victorious in Melbourne but he is not dependent on his past victories.
“To me, that’s the challenge,” he continued. “Look at all the champs over time once they get the belt – they just fall off. I’m not one of those guys. The belt isn’t my ultimate prize; it just looks good with all my other gold, chains, and diamonds.”
He added: “The belt is a challenge. But me beating Robert Whittaker in Melbourne, Australia, his home country, that drives me more than just winning a belt.”