Robert Whittaker's Thoughts on the Adesanya vs. Pereira Rematch and His Future

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Robert Whittaker's Thoughts on the Adesanya vs. Pereira Rematch and His Future

After a stunning defeat at the hands of Alex Pereira at UFC 281 in November of last year, former middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has been determined to reclaim the belt that was once his. The two warriors are set to face off once again in UFC 287, an event that has been highly anticipated by fans and fighters alike.

The Challenging History of Adesanya and Pereira

It is no secret that Pereira holds the upper hand in their past encounters, with victories in both kickboxing and MMA. However, Adesanya's reputation and previous successes have earned him the right to immediately challenge for the title once again.

Robert Whittaker, who also has a history with Adesanya, is hoping for a chance to reclaim his own losses if Adesanya falls short against Pereira again. "If we look at the fight just from a mental perspective, I believe Adesanya had a better chance last fight," Whittaker said. "But in saying that, maybe now that the worst has happened again, it frees him up for the next one.

You see where it can swing both ways really easily. It can either swing one way where it frees him up: the worst has happened, whatever, he gets in there mentally free. Or, he’s worried about it happening again with the small gloves because it has happened."

Whittaker's Aspirations for the Future

Despite the odds against Adesanya, Whittaker is eager for a chance to prove himself against both fighters.

"I’m chomping at the bit to get at both of them," he said. "I truly do feel that I can take myself to a new level. I feel that I can get in there and put on a better performance. I kind of understand where Adesanya was mentally, I guess, going into the rematch after losing twice to the same guy.

It was a very similar predicament with me and Adesanya, and I do believe that him getting through the fights the way he did and the way everything has gone, the next fight is the best one. But then, it is what it is. I do want that fight.

I do believe that I use mixed martial arts better than both of those guys. I do believe I can utilize my wrestling and grappling to make it a hellish match for both of them." UFC 287 promises to be a showcase of skill, determination, and resilience as two of the sport's top fighters step into the cage once again.

Will Adesanya overcome his past losses and reclaim his title, or will Pereira continue his winning streak? Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain, fans are in for a treat.

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