Former UFC Rival Doesn’t Think Israel Adesanya Deserves a Rematch

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After suffering a devastating defeat at UFC 293, 'The Last Stylebender, Israel Adesanya, has dropped his title twice over the past three fights, as this time, Sean Strickland outclassed Adesanya.

As UFC president Dana White lays out the possibility of a rematch between Strickland and Adesanya, a former rival of Adesanya thinks he should not get an immediate rematch.

Robert Whittaker, who recently made an appearance at an interview with MMA Hour, stated that he believes that he shouldn't be having rematches, considering he is a 'premiere poster boy.'

“Let’s take fair out of the equation. Life isn’t fair, right? But I think it’s silly if Izzy gets an immediate rematch, because this isn’t his first loss as champion,” stated Whittaker.

Adding to his statement, Whittaker mentioned that booking the rematch would be a 'disservice' to the rest of the middleweight contenders and that the champion must have a say in the decision.

“Honestly, I think [Strickland’s] opinion should have some weight to it. He’s on top of the pile right now. He should revel in it. He should enjoy it," Whittaker added.

Many MMA fanatics and analysts attributed UFC 293's outcome to a 'slow performance' from Adesanya, but Whittaker credited the new champion for his game plan, which shackled Israel.

It is still not confirmed whether the rematch will happen, and it is also a mystery as to who challenges the new champion, considering Paulo Costa and Khamzat Chimaev are set to face off at UFC 294.

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