UFC interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is never been short of something to say in the pre-fight build-up to his title fight with Robert Whittaker this weekend in Melbourne, Australia, but the current divisional kingpin has been unphased by it all.
“Not at all,” Whittaker told MMAjunkie when asked if Adesanya’s trash-talk had bothered him. “If it had become personal, I would have taken care of it personally. He’s just selling the fight, and he’s being human, and he’s running his own thing, and I’m happy for that. It takes work off my plate. But I can’t be anybody but myself. I’m just doing the same thing I always do.
“I find a lot of what he says funny. I get a good chuckle out of it, so yeah, it definitely has not affected me. I look forward to fighting him on Sunday just because he’s a good fighter, plus he wants it.”
“…I think he has great skills. He’s a phenomenal fighter. He’s got impeccable timing. He uses his reach and his height very well. He’s a great fighter, he really is, but honestly, I just think I’m better. I think I’m better everywhere, and I’m going try and prove that.”