UFC 243: Robert Whittaker vs Israel Adesanya Odds & Picks


Robert Whittaker
Robert Whittaker
20-4-0
10:00 pm ET, Saturday, October 5, 2019
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Australia
Israel Adesanya
Israel Adesanya
17-0-0
TV: PPV
UFC 243: Robert Whittaker vs Israel Adesanya Odds & Picks

Robert Whittaker vs Israel Adesanya

Interim UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya will officially meet undisputed middleweight champion Robert Whittaker at October’s UFC 243.  Main event of UFC 243 on October 6, 2019 takes place at the Melbourne Stadium in Australia. The bout will be for the UFC middleweight title.

Whittaker was the winner of the first series of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes. He has been an MMA fighter since 2009 but joined the UFC in 2012 after winning the TUF. He is a former Australian National Amateur Wrestling Champion and qualified for the Commonwealth games for amateur wrestling. The Reaper has an MMA record of 20-4 with nine knockouts and five wins by submission. Since back to back losses to Court McGee and Stephen Thompson in 2012 and 2013, respectively, Whittaker has won nine fights in a row including consecutive title bouts against Yoel Romero. Whittaker stands 6-0 tall with a reach of 73.5 inches.

The Last Stylebender was a former two-time Cruiserweight and Heavyweight champion in the King of the Ring promotion. He was also a Glory middleweight contender title winner and is the current interim UFC middleweight champion after defeating Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 in a Fight of the Night winner last April. The 30-year old Adesanya has a record of 17-0 with 13 knockouts. The Nigerian-New Zealander stands 6-4 and has a reach of 80 inches while fighting out of the orthodox style. This former kickboxer and boxer is an undefeated 6-0 since entering the UFC promotion in 2018. He was the Hex Fighting Series Middleweight champion in Australia before relinquishing the belt to fight in the UFC.

Robert Whittaker Tale of the tape Israel Adesanya
28 Age 30
1.83 m Height 1.93 m
83.9 kg Weight 83.9 kg
186.7 cm Reach 203.2 cm

Prediction

Whittaker can’t grab Adesanya without getting hit first. So since every fight starts on the feet, Adesanya will always have a chance to win this fight. We think this is going to be a terrific fight. Adesanya will force his striking while Whittaker will try to put him down and drag the fight on the canvass.  We expect Adesanya to nail Whittaker early on but we think that the Reaper is durable enough to take the damage and force Adesanya into a dog fight. We like Adesanya’s elite striking but I think Whittaker’s wrestling is going to be the key to winning this fight.

Between the two, we will pick Whittaker because he has the experience and strength to force his game on his opponent. Adesanya will land his strikes but I think Whittaker is durable enough to survive and get the hard-earned win here. 

Pick: Robert Whittaker -145

Whittaker vs Adesanya Odds

Hour Team Opening BOVADA.LV BetOnline Intertops
6:00p
Robert Whittaker
Israel Adesanya
draw
11:30p
Dan Hooker
Al Iaquinta
draw
11:00p
Tai Tuivasa
Serghei Spivac
draw
10:00p
Luke Jumeau
Dhiego Lima
draw
10:30p
Holly Holm
Raquel Pennington
draw
10:00p
Jake Matthews
Rostem Akman
draw

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