Israel Adesanya opens as big betting favorite over Robert Whittaker for potential rematch

Israel Adesanya is already a sizable favorite over Robert Whittaker for their potential UFC rematch. | Esther Lin, MMA FightingIsrael Adesanya is already a heavy favorite for his next UFC title defense. The UFC middleweight champion opened as more than a 2-to-1 betting favorite (-240) to defeat No. 1 contender Robert Whittaker ahead of the pair’s prospective rematch, according odds posted Monday by online bookmaker SportsBetting.ag. Whittaker opened as a +205 underdog. The bout is expected to take place in the second half of 2021, potentially in the Oceania region that both Adesanya and Whittaker call home. Adesanya (21-1) is a perfect 10-0 throughout his UFC middleweight run. He cruised to his third UFC title defense this past Saturday, routing Marvin Vettori in a one-sided decision in UFC 263’s main event and successfully rebounding from the first loss of his MMA career after stumbling to light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259. Adesanya and Whittaker (23-5) previously collided in a title unification bout at UFC 243, which Adesanya won via highlight-reel second-round knockout. Whittaker has since bounced back to pick up a trio of victories over ranked contenders Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum. Adesanya called out Whittaker following his win over Vettori at UFC 263. UFC president Dana White told reporters on Saturday that the rematch may take place in October. In the aftermath of Adesanya’s callout, Whittaker responded simply: “Rest up, see you soon.”

Israel Adesanya opens as big betting favorite over Robert Whittaker for potential rematch
Israel Adesanya is already a sizable favorite over Robert Whittaker for their potential UFC rematch. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Israel Adesanya is already a heavy favorite for his next UFC title defense.

The UFC middleweight champion opened as more than a 2-to-1 betting favorite (-240) to defeat No. 1 contender Robert Whittaker ahead of the pair’s prospective rematch, according odds posted Monday by online bookmaker SportsBetting.ag.

Whittaker opened as a +205 underdog.

The bout is expected to take place in the second half of 2021, potentially in the Oceania region that both Adesanya and Whittaker call home.

Adesanya (21-1) is a perfect 10-0 throughout his UFC middleweight run. He cruised to his third UFC title defense this past Saturday, routing Marvin Vettori in a one-sided decision in UFC 263’s main event and successfully rebounding from the first loss of his MMA career after stumbling to light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259.

Adesanya and Whittaker (23-5) previously collided in a title unification bout at UFC 243, which Adesanya won via highlight-reel second-round knockout. Whittaker has since bounced back to pick up a trio of victories over ranked contenders Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum.

Adesanya called out Whittaker following his win over Vettori at UFC 263. UFC president Dana White told reporters on Saturday that the rematch may take place in October.

In the aftermath of Adesanya’s callout, Whittaker responded simply: “Rest up, see you soon.”

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Demian Maia asks to face Nate Diaz in final fight of his career

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLCDemian Maia wants one more fight and he hopes the UFC will give it to him. The 43-year-old former title challenger came up short in his bout against Belal Muhammad this past Saturday night at UFC 263, which was actually the final fight on his current contract with the promotion. Afterwards, UFC president Dana White said that he believed that should be the last appearance for Maia before calling it a career but now the legendary grappler from Brazil is asking for another opportunity. In fact, Maia even has an opponent in mind for his retirement fight. “Last night I tried hard and unfortunately wasn’t able to put my best performance,” Maia wrote on Instagram. “As frustrated as I am, I kept trying until the end and that’s in the past now. I’m already looking forward as I know time goes by fast, and I won’t be doing this much longer. “Nate Diaz, I saw your quote on the press conference, and think you’re great too. You’re a great fighter who also represents jiu-jitsu and you’re real, I respect that. Regardless of last night, I know I still have one fight left in me, and it’s no secret that I feel like UFC is my home, where I want to finish my career.” Of course, Diaz also fought at UFC 263 where he fell by decision to Leon Edwards in a special five-round bout on the main card. Diaz has now dropped back-to-back fights to Edwards and Jorge Masvidal in his past two appearances inside the octagon. Maia’s request came with the utmost respect being shown towards Diaz as he seeks to compete one last time before calling it a career but he’s still not sure the UFC will grant him this wish. “Now, I have no idea if they will give me another fight, but if they do, I would be honored to do my last MMA bout with you, someone who always come to fight, who represents [Brazilian jiu-jitsu] and whom I respect,” Maia said when addressing Diaz. “I have had a long career, fought pretty much everybody, and proudly represented jiu-jitsu the best I could. If I have one more, I don’t want to waste it with someone who I don’t respect. So If you want it, and the UFC want to do it, it will happen, and it will be my last dance. Much respect.” Throughout his career with the UFC, Maia has rarely called out opponents and typically he’s done so in a very respectful way much like asking to face Diaz for his final fight. Now it’s up to the UFC and Diaz on whether or not Maia will get the chance to return for one last fight before his retirement from mixed martial arts. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Demian Maia (@demianmaia)

Demian Maia asks to face Nate Diaz in final fight of his career
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Demian Maia wants one more fight and he hopes the UFC will give it to him.

The 43-year-old former title challenger came up short in his bout against Belal Muhammad this past Saturday night at UFC 263, which was actually the final fight on his current contract with the promotion.

Afterwards, UFC president Dana White said that he believed that should be the last appearance for Maia before calling it a career but now the legendary grappler from Brazil is asking for another opportunity.

In fact, Maia even has an opponent in mind for his retirement fight.

“Last night I tried hard and unfortunately wasn’t able to put my best performance,” Maia wrote on Instagram. “As frustrated as I am, I kept trying until the end and that’s in the past now. I’m already looking forward as I know time goes by fast, and I won’t be doing this much longer.

“Nate Diaz, I saw your quote on the press conference, and think you’re great too. You’re a great fighter who also represents jiu-jitsu and you’re real, I respect that. Regardless of last night, I know I still have one fight left in me, and it’s no secret that I feel like UFC is my home, where I want to finish my career.”

Of course, Diaz also fought at UFC 263 where he fell by decision to Leon Edwards in a special five-round bout on the main card. Diaz has now dropped back-to-back fights to Edwards and Jorge Masvidal in his past two appearances inside the octagon.

Maia’s request came with the utmost respect being shown towards Diaz as he seeks to compete one last time before calling it a career but he’s still not sure the UFC will grant him this wish.

“Now, I have no idea if they will give me another fight, but if they do, I would be honored to do my last MMA bout with you, someone who always come to fight, who represents [Brazilian jiu-jitsu] and whom I respect,” Maia said when addressing Diaz.

“I have had a long career, fought pretty much everybody, and proudly represented jiu-jitsu the best I could. If I have one more, I don’t want to waste it with someone who I don’t respect. So If you want it, and the UFC want to do it, it will happen, and it will be my last dance. Much respect.”

Throughout his career with the UFC, Maia has rarely called out opponents and typically he’s done so in a very respectful way much like asking to face Diaz for his final fight.

Now it’s up to the UFC and Diaz on whether or not Maia will get the chance to return for one last fight before his retirement from mixed martial arts.

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