Israel Adesanya mocked UFC’s recent attendance figures with a sharp reminder of his epic battle against Robert Whittaker back in October of 2019 inside Marvel Stadium in Melbourne Australia in front of a record attendance of 57,127 people gathered to watch the event. Ahead of UFC’s return to full-capacity attendance, Adesanya put out the following tweet, reminding everybody of the huge figures of his championship fight against Whittaker that broke all the records.
57,127 in attendance hit different now huh…🦗
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) April 2, 2021
Earlier, UFC announced that it sold out UFC 261 and UFC 262. Over 17,000 will be in attendance for both events in what will mark a historic return of fans in live fights. Israel Adesanya is coming off a unanimous decision loss over Jan Blachowicz, which also marked the first loss of his professional MMA career.
Adesanya’s failed attempt at the light-heavyweight division brings him back to the middleweight and has targeted Darren Till as his next opponent. However, with Till out against his scheduled bout against Vettori, it will be interesting to see who gets the title shot next. Till hasn’t fought since his unanimous decision loss to Robert Whittaker early last year.
Meanwhile, Robert Whittaker is scheduled to face Kelvin Gastelum in what promises to be an exciting match-up between two of the best middleweight fighters. Whittaker is coming off back-to-back wins over Darren Till and Jared Cannonier.
Who should fight Israel Adesanya next?
Needless to say, Robert Whittaker is undoubtedly the #1 contender in the middleweight division. hE deserves a rematch against Israel Adesanya more than any fighter in the 180-pound division. However, it’s also quite evident that Adesanya has no interest in fighting Whittaker, with the Australian stating in a recent conversation with Submission Radio that he just intends to keep fighting and wait for his title opportunity.
Be that as it may, if Whittaker is not able to get a title opportunity against Adesanya with a potential win over Gastelum, Marvin Vettori is the next best choice. Vettori has cruised past each of his opponents since his split decision loss to Israel Adesanya three years ago.
Vettori and Adesanya have a history, and both the fighters have traded words with each other in the past. Vettori is calling for a title shot with a win over short-replacement Kevin Holland this weekend. Should Vettori triumph over Holland, and no contender around the corner, UFC could be forced to book a Marvin Vettori vs Israel Adesanya next.