Less than two years into his UFC career, Israel Adesanya is the undisputed middleweight king.
Providing the cleaner work when in close, and all importantly closing out the exchanges, Adesanya took out Robert Whittaker inside two rounds as a left hook brought down the curtain on the Australian’s title reign.
Fighting in front of a record crowd of 57,127, Whittaker wildly leapt into his strikes but seemed to be troubling Adesanya early on. With seconds left of the first round, however, Adesanya’s pin-point accuracy allowed for a check right hook to connect, dropping the champion as the round ended.
Undeterred, Whittaker continued his approach and again caught ‘The Last Stylebender’ with some heavy blows. Those heavy blows allowed for openings though and with another check hook, this time a thunderous left, the New Zealander was the only man standing.
Israel Adesanya def. Robert Whittaker via KO (Round 2, 3:33)
Dan Hooker def. Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Serghei Spivac def. Tai Tuivasa via technical submission (arm-triangle choke) (Round 2, 3:14)
Dhiego Lima def. Luke Jumeau via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Yorgan De Castro def. Justin Tafa via KO (Round 1, 2:10)
Jake Matthews def. Rostem Akman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Callan Potter def. Maki Pitolo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Brad Riddell def. Jamie Mullarkey via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Megan Anderson def. Zarah Fairn via submission (triangle choke) (Round 1, 3:57)
Early Preliminary Card
Ji Yeon Kim def. Nadia Kassem via TKO (Round 2, 4:59)
Khalid Taha def. Bruno Silva via submission (arm-triangle choke) (Round 3, 3:00)