UFC 243 – Israel Adesanya stops Robert Whittaker to unify middleweight belt
Israel Adesanya (18-0-0) used some exquisite striking to overcome Robert Whittaker (20-5-0) in the third round of UFC 243 Saturday night in Melbourne, Australia. Whittaker hadn't fought since June 2018, but landed several jabs and strikes that earned Adesanya's respect, but it also helped 'Stylebender' quickly figure out his range which used by the end of the round to land counter right hand to drop 'The Reaper' just before the horn. In the second round, Adesanya methodically moved in for the kill. Avoiding most of Whittaker's stiff shots, Adesanya ate a solid straight right hand but quickly returned a right followed by an immediate left to the jaw that sent Whittaker crashing to the canvas. Referee Marc Goddard stopped