New undisputed middleweight champion Israel Adesanya beamed with pride after UFC 243

That only played into his demise, Adesanya said. Even when it appeared Whittaker had gotten off a shot, there were other factors at play.

With less than two minutes to go in the second, Adesanya had found his moment. A perfect left hook counter crumpled Whittaker, forcing quick referee intervention and the finalizing of a belt transfer.

Next time, the champ promised not to hesitate.

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