Robert Whittaker will be aiming to reclaim the UFC middleweight title when he enters the octagon at UFC 271 for a rematch with current champ Israel Adesanya as a lengthy 3.25 underdog on the UFC odds at Betsafe. Whittaker has won three straight since losing the belt at UFC 243, while Adesanya aims to extend his unblemished 21-0 record as middleweight while perched as a short 1.36 favourite.
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Israel Adesanya (c) vs Robert Whittaker – UFC Middleweight Championship
Professional MMA Records
Israel Adesanya: 21-1
Robert Whittaker: 23-5
Saturday night’s main event features a long-awaited rematch between the top two fighters in the UFC middleweight division. Adesanya has been idle since defending the middleweight crown with a unanimous decision victory over Marvin Vettori at UFC 263. The win marked “The Last Stylebender’s” third successful defence of the unified middleweight crown he won from Whittaker back in 2019, with two of those victories coming by unanimous decision.
Vettori had nothing for Adesanya 💀 pic.twitter.com/UIFALYhTcJ
— 𒆜𝙑𝙖𝙨𝙩 𒆜 (@VastMMA) July 2, 2021
While Adesanya has regularly gone the distance in recent outings, there is no questioning his punching power. The 32-year-old has finished opponents in 15 of his 21 career wins, including his stunning second-round KO win over Whittaker in their first meeting. Indeed, Adesanya was almost unstoppable early in his career, with six of his first 11 career wins coming inside five minutes. And he has claimed victory inside two rounds in five of 11 contests since joining the UFC four years ago.
Record crowd watches Israel Adesanya stun Robert Whittaker in UFC 243 https://t.co/aFecy4UlBc
— The Guardian (@guardian) October 6, 2019
Humbled in his loss to Adesanya in their 2019 matchup, Whittaker has earned a shot at a rematch with a trio of impressive victories, capped by a unanimous decision win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 24 that also earned him a Fight of the Night bonus for the third time in his career.
Robert Whittaker vs Derek Brunson pic.twitter.com/j6KxmmOhKj
— ᴛʜᴇᴀʀᴛᴏꜰᴡᴀʀ🗿🏝 (@TheArtOfWar6) February 5, 2022
“The Reaper” will have no shortage of motivation when he enters the octagon on Saturday night. In addition to getting no respect at the sportsbooks, Whittaker was also denied the opportunity to properly defend his title while perched as UFC middleweight champ when Yoel Romero failed to make weight in their clash at UFC 225. The 31-year-old eventually went on to claim a five-round unanimous decision in what was deemed a non-title fight. Considering his steady performance since his loss to Adesanya, Whittaker is deserving of consideration of a value bet to finally win the undisputed title, fair and square.
Best Bet: Whittaker (3.25) at Betsafe
Derrick Lewis vs Tai Tuivasa – UFC Heavyweight Division
Professional MMA Records
Derrick Lewis: 26-8 (1)
Tai Tuivasa: 13-3
Derrick Lewis will be looking to extend the UFC record for most knockout wins that he established last time out when he takes on Tua Tuivasa on Saturday night as 1.52 chalk at Bet99. The “Black Beast” needed just 216 seconds to end Chris Daukaus’ night at UFC Vegas 45, while tallying his 13th career KO.
Derrick Lewis sets UFC heavyweight KO record with finish of Aleksei Oleinik https://t.co/Qba5GcLOlK
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) August 9, 2020
That win comes on the heels of Lewis’ failed bid for the UFC heavyweight crown at UFC 265, where he lasted less than three rounds against then-champion Cyril Gane. However, the 36-year-old has otherwise dominated, posting wins in five of his past six outings, with four of those wins coming inside the distance.
Ciryl Gane made easy work of Derrick Lewis. Poor Lewis had nothing for him. pic.twitter.com/AyuOoPPqAG
— 𝕽𝖆𝖎𝖓𝖒𝖆𝖐𝖊𝖗❂ (@EagIesmeshl__) August 26, 2021
Tuivasa will have his sights set on a spot among the top ten in the UFC heavyweight rankings when he faces off against Lewis as a 2.54 underdog. The 28-year-old Australian is coming off a second-round KO win over Augusto Sakai at UFC 269 to extend his current win streak to four fights.
TAI TUIVASA BEATS GREG HARDY IN ROUND 1.#UFC264
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 11, 2021
“Bam Bam” has been dominant during his current win streak, with his three previous victories coming inside five minutes, including a crushing knockout of former NFL star Greg Hardy just 67 seconds into their clash at UFC 264 that earned him the first of two straight Performance of the Night bonuses. But while Tuivasa sports awesome punching power, he faces a huge challenge in his bid to hand Lewis his first KO loss in eight years.
Best Bet: Derrick Lewis (1.52)
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