It took Israel Adesanya less than two years and only seven fights to become the best middleweight in the .

At UFC 243 from Melbourne, , Adesanya capped off an incredible run since joining the roster by knocking out Robert Whittaker in the second round in a title unification bout in front of more than 57,000 fans inside Marvel Stadium.

Not even four years ago, Adesanya was sitting in the crowd as a fan at UFC 193 in the same stadium only to return with a jaw-dropping knockout at 3:33 in the second round to move to 18-0 in his career while becoming the undisputed middleweight champion.

While Adesanya is well known for his kickboxing pedigree, Whittaker showed no fear trading shots with him on the feet throughout the opening round. The constant haymakers left Whittaker open for a perfectly placed right hand from Adesanya that dropped the middleweight champion just as the horn sounded.

Time after time with Whittaker lunging forward, Adesanya just sat back and started picking him apart with accurate counter punches. Adesanya also managed a nasty head kick that was partially blocked but still seemingly rattled Whittaker for a split second before he started firing back in return.

After celebrating his victory with friends and family inside the Octagon, Adesanya then turned towards top ranked contender Paulo Costa, who was sitting cage side just waiting to get his attention.

Costa earned his shot at the title with a win over Yoel Romero in his last outing and the bad blood with Adesanya will undoubtedly make that one of the most highly anticipated fights of 2020 when these two finally clash.


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