Robert Whittaker secured his second win in as many Struggle Island bouts as he claimed a unanimous determination victory over Jared Cannonier at UFC 254.
‘The Reaper’ claimed a razor-thin determination over Darren Until again in July, however was way more convincing in opposition to the harmful Cannonier to doubtlessly disrupt his middleweight title plans.
Regardless of Israel Adesanya virtually promising the American a title shot if he might defeat the previous champion, Cannonier was nullified from the opening bell.
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Whittaker, who was knocked out by Adesanya at UFC 243 final 12 months, confirmed glimpses of his classic greatest in opposition to Until – however regarded definitively again to his greatest on Struggle Island.
The Australian was bobbing backwards and forwards and his lateral motion was partially unsettled by Cannonier’s nasty leg kicks.
Regardless of the ‘Killa Gorilla’ trying to chase down ‘Bobby Knuckles’, Whittaker showcased his wonderful putting abilities and had his opponent damage badly within the second and third rounds.
A head kick visibly staggered Cannonier, however the former US Military soldier proved his resilience to hold on to the ultimate bell.
With a swollen left eye and blood dripping from his face, Cannonier regarded like he anticipated to listen to the unanimous determination scorecards in favour of his efficiency.
For Whittaker, a rematch with ‘The Final Stylebender’ could possibly be on the playing cards, contemplating he has already crushed Until this 12 months.
For now, he confirmed in his post-fight interview he needed to easily return Down Below and put his Christmas tree up along with his kids, with nobody begrudging the 29-year-old that chance.