Israel Adesanya has defeated Robert Whittaker to retain his middleweight title at UFC 271 in Houston, Texas.
The reigning UFC middleweight champion battled Whittaker over 5 rounds to ultimately win a unanimous selection in his fourth consecutive title safety in entrance of 6,000 followers packed into the Toyota Coronary heart
The last word scorecards be taught 49-46, 48-47 and 48-47 with Adesanya shifting to 22-1 in his career with the victory.
“I knew he was going to ship each factor set off remaining time I took each factor away from him,” Adesanya said after his latest win. “So he had nothing to lose. Like I said, I’m the champ, you want it, come get it.”
Judges Jacob Montalvo and Doug Crosby had Adesanya profitable the first three rounds and Whittaker taking the last word two. Resolve Mike Beltran had Adesanya profitable all nevertheless the second spherical, which he gave to Whittaker.
Adesanya outlanded Whittaker 79-59 in necessary strikes, primarily based on UFC Stats. Nonetheless Whittaker landed further necessary strikes to the top, 38-36, with Adesanya outlanding Whittaker in strikes to the legs, 29-13.
Whittaker landed 4 takedowns, which matched Marvin Vettori for most likely probably the most by any opposing fighter in opposition to Adesanya throughout the UFC, primarily based on ESPN Stats & Information evaluation.