At UFC 243 pay-per-view back in 2019, Robert Whittaker lost the UFC middleweight title to Adesanya. Having defeated both Darren Till and Jared Cannonier in 2020, Robert Whittaker is currently in an impressive two-fight streak.
Instead of reserving Whittaker against Adesany II, the UFC decided to parry Reaper and Costa. Borrachinha himself is on the verge of his first defeat ever when Adesanya stopped him in a UFC 253 main event.
Although the exact reason for Costa’s withdrawal against Robert Whittaker is still unknown, reports claim the Brazilian fighter was forced to retire due to illness. Costa is said to suffer from the flu.
Will the UFC book Robert Whittaker in a rematch with Israel Adesany?
Israel Adesanya recently failed to win a UFC light heavyweight title with Jan Blachowicz. The Polish champion with a big punch successfully defended his 205kg title for the first time and prevented Adesanya from completing his quest to become a double champion.
After losing in the light heavyweight division, The Last Stylebender is expected to return to the middleweight division.
Adesanya recently claimed to be a fan of Darren Till to win the fight against Marvin Vettori and earn the next kick for the title. However, the rematch with Whittaker should not be written off either.
UFC Vegas 22 this weekend will mark the start of a long series of major events in the middleweight division. Kevin Holland will return to the Octagon and fight Derek Brunson.
On April 10, Darren Till will face Marvin Vettori in the UFC’s return to the ABC network. Their meeting is another fight that could play a big part in deciding the next challenger for Israel’s middle crown, Adesanya.