MELBOURNE, Australia – If both develop successful at UFC 234, Robert Whittaker versus Israel Adesanya will be the following UFC middleweight title battle.
Current 185-pound titleholder Whittaker (20-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) puts his belt available to anyone against Kelvin Gastelum (16-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) in the occasion main event, while unbeaten Adesanya (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) meets octagon legend Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) in the co-headliner.
Adesanya versus Silva has been authoritatively esteemed a No. 1 contender challenge, and “Stylebender,” who hails from New Zealand, has said he would like to confront Australia’s Whittaker in an all-Oceania confrontation.
Obviously, Whittaker or Silva could crash those plans with a triumph, however UFC President Dana White concurs it would be a monstrous title session for the locale.
“That battle’s enormous,” White told MMAjunkie. “That battle’s huge. We’ll see what occurs on Sunday (Saturday night in the U.S.) and we’ll go from that point.”
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UFC 234 happens at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. The primary card affectation on pay-per-see following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.
A potential matchup against the rising star Adesanya, particularly after a triumph over Silva, would be a mark battle for Whittaker. The business esteem would in all likelihood be more noteworthy than his present battle with Gastelum, yet the champ said he declines to look past UFC 234.
“I’m not feeling that a long ways ahead,” Whittaker said. “Sunday’s excessively close, excessively hard.”