Robert Whittaker versus Israel Adesanya
Robert Whittaker is pound for pound one of the best. Ever since his move up to middleweight he has shown impressive consistency at the highest level.
On the other hand, Israel Adesanya is the most exciting fighter in the UFCs roster. His matrix-like ability combined with his high level of technical execution makes you sit on the edge of your seat for every second of his fights.
So how do we see this fight develop? Whittaker is underrated. He is much better than he gets credit for.
Adesanya Can Be Hit
In his fight against Kevin Gastelum, Adesanya was exposed in certain positions.
Whittaker is a master tactician. His gameplans are just as good as his technique. Most importantly he knows how to control distance.
Whoever controls the distance in this fight will win it. Whittaker has displayed more control in the past over a five-round fight than Adesanya.
As a result, this should be another check in the win column for Whittaker.
Whittaker’s Time Off and Recovery
However, the x factor in this fight is how well Whittaker will cope with being out for so long with an injury.
If he is not as sharp, then Adesanya is capable of scoring the KO.
In conclusion, if the normal Whittaker shows up then he will win by decision. If he is in any way off his game and can’t control the distance then Adesanya will get the knockout.
Whittaker to win -120. If you think Whittaker won’t be himself after his time out of the octagon then Adesanya is -115 to win.
Dan Hooker v Al Iaquinta
A lot of people are picking Dan Hooker to win this. On the face of it, you can see why. Hooker has a string of impressive results and has demonstrated a skill set that can counteract Ianquinta’s boxer/wrestler style.
This is reflected in the odds with Hooker -180 to take the victory.
However, Iaquinta looks good value at +130. He is durable and if he avoids dangerous positions on the ground he could grind out a decision.