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After Robert Whittaker’s decisive victory over Jared Cannonier at UFC 254, Whittaker appeared to be next in line for the middleweight title. Dana White said a rematch made sense, and Whittaker expressed interest in facing Israel Adesanya again around March after spending the holiday season with his family.
However, the promotion chose to go in a different direction. Rather than let Adesanya defend his title again, he will weigh 205 pounds. and attempt to claim double champion status by eliminating Jan Blachowicz.
It’s a big fight, but in the process White claimed Whittaker didn’t want Adesanya’s rematch at all.
“I definitely think he took a little turn from what I said,” Whittaker told MMA Junkie. “I never said I didn’t want to fight Izzy. This is not something I said. I did not say that. I’m looking to fight in March, April next year. I would like to fight Izzy. If Izzy moves to fight Jan, then I’ll go up there and fight him there if he gets the victory. I want this fight. I want this fight. We just had to fit it into this timeline.
“I have no control over what the UFC is going to do or what Izzy is going to do, but whether he’s here at middleweight or lightweight, I’m going to fight him.
Whittaker isn’t upset that the UFC is moving in a different direction, but his goal remains the same as he faces Adesanya again and reclaims the title. Disinterested in fighting for the third time in a row, Whittaker is a little surprised he was never contacted.
“They never contacted me – not once,” Whittaker continued. “It wasn’t so much of a twist of Izzy fighting Jan. I can see why they would want to do this, why Izzy would want to do this, why the UFC would want it. I can see this is happening. It’s more the twist or how he took my words. Either he misinterpreted it, or he tweaked it a bit. This one took me for a little walk. But like I said, my timeline holds. This is the fight that I won. “
Conor McGregor answered questions on Twitter this weekend, so here are some highlights!
Alistair Overeem vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik 2 is the fight to be waged? It seems to be one of the only options.
I educated him. With all due respect, that was a very bad decision by the referee. In my opinion. Waving with zero seconds. This needs to be reconsidered. pic.twitter.com/6lX0ErbuOK
– Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) November 2, 2020
Even in a division like the Women’s Flyweight, the matchmaking is fast!
I told Mick on Friday that I would fight Cynthia on December 12th. It was supposed to be a No.1 contenders fight. He sent a contract. I asked to sleep on it because it’s got big stuff in it, shit over my head. I tried to call him this morning. I woke up from a nap today and saw this. https://t.co/DhbyPIbyyP
– Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) November 2, 2020
Jonathan Haggerty tears up a glove session:
“The Mountain” trained in MMA with “El Guapo” … and made the former heavyweight champion appear!
Glover Teixeira and Thiago Santos both get into the race. This week’s main event is going to be fun!
Briefs, rips and knockout clips
Semyonov took a few shots to find the submission of his back.
Yeah, that’s a pretty perfect flying knee!
Yurusov did a really good job of maintaining a pinch and downward pressure with his legs while fighting the grip. His opponent was really scared but barely moved.
A little help (for an empty bar) from man’s best friend:
Midnight Music: The video for the very first live performance of “Sympathy For The Devil” has just been released online. That’s great in itself, but eagle-eyed readers may also notice some captions in the crowd.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts craze is still going on.