Belts on The Line
Who won Adesanya vs Whittaker?
Israel Adesanya beat Robert Whittaker by knockout in the 2nd round, during the main event of UFC 243, on Saturday 5th October 2019 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
This contest was for the UFC middleweight championship.
Adesanya vs Whittaker stats
Israel Adesanya stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 17 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 13 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Robert Whittaker made his way to the ring with a record of 20 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 9 of those wins by knock out and 5 by submission.
The stats suggested Adesanya had a massive power advantage over Whittaker, boasting at 76% knock out percentage over Whittaker's 45%.
Israel Adesanya was the older man by 1 year, at 31 years old.
Adesanya had a height advantage of 4 inches over Whittaker. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Adesanya was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 7 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 3 year later than Whittaker, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 17 less professional rounds, 49 to Whittaker's 66.
Adesanya vs Whittaker form
Adesanya had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Yoel Romero on 7th March 2020 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Robert Whittaker on 5th October 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.
Going into that contest, he had beat Kelvin Gastelum on 13th April 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at State Farm Arena, Atlanta, United States.
Before that, he had defeated Anderson Silva on 9th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia.
He had won against Derek Brunson on 3rd November 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Adesanya's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 6 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.2 rounds on average.
Whittaker's last 3 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 25 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4 rounds on average.