The Authentic Official Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker Undefeated, Undisputed Middleweight Champion / General MMA Thread

Who do you WANT to win? (Not who do you think WILL win)

  • I want the Fighting Irish to win

  • I want the 209 to represent again

  • I just want a good, action-packed fight like the last one

  • Test to see if I can change the poll?

  • Are these options 4 and 5?


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Haggis

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Well that turned out perfect. Big fan of all 4 guys. Israel won and Kelvin looked like a monster. Poirier won and Max looked very good. Very emotionally satisfying seeing Poirier finally getting his moment too.

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Jun 8, 2013
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Great fight between the 2 middleweights for the fake belt.
Noticed how badly Israel coped with that high kick that landed on his neck from 5’8” KG.
Whittaker lands that on him and hurts him it’s lights out within seconds.
On the other hand if Israel finishes as strong as he did in the 5th the Reaper might be in some deep shit after three 5 round wars in a row, and all the injuries.
Can’t wait for this.
 
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Had Max edging the last 3 rounds and so the fight. Absolutely no problem with Dustin getting the victory though, he clearly did the more damage and there were some close rounds. 49-46 seems off to me. Can't find 2 of the last 3 to give to him but whatever.
 

Benny Blanco

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I think Whittaker will be a bit too much for Adesanya but it will be a great fight. Very very interesting high level striking match up

Israel reminds me of Anderson with his striking apart from he just doesn’t have that touch of death with a single strike like Anderson did.
 
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Both fights lived up to the hype and then some. Kelvin has some chin and heart and Izzy certainly proved he was legit. I kind of felt Dustin would be too big for Holloway and bully him, I do hope Max stays at 145 for a bit longer.

I was really pleased with the scoring in both fights too I can't argue with the score totals both seemed spot on.

I do feel Izzy will beat Whittaker quite convincingly though (I think the wars with Romero will catch up with him sooner rather than later) . Khabib will beat Dustin although I hope not.
 
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How do people think Adesanya would cope with Yoel Romero? Seeing how he got wobbled vs Gastelum, would be interesting to see him against a top level wrestler like Yoel, who happens to also have explosive power along with crazy athleticism.
 
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Very cool to hear Dana speak post fight in the presser, saying he and the UFC are working on Performance institutes in Puerto Rico and Mexico, among others. Surely they gotta open a couple up in West Africa and maybe Cape Town or Nairobi too. Break into that African market and unearth some beasts.
 

Benny Blanco

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How do people think Adesanya would cope with Yoel Romero? Seeing how he got wobbled vs Gastelum, would be interesting to see him against a top level wrestler like Yoel, who happens to also have explosive power along with crazy athleticism.
Romero Is a horrible nights work for anyone
 
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How do people think Adesanya would cope with Yoel Romero? Seeing how he got wobbled vs Gastelum, would be interesting to see him against a top level wrestler like Yoel, who happens to also have explosive power along with crazy athleticism.
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I don't see Romero ever making 185 again so it's not relevant for me. But Romero could KO him, he could KO pretty much anyone with his power. I would point out though that Adesanya wasn't in any danger from the punches that Gastelum landed. The head kick had him in a lot of trouble but Romero hasn't used that much. Now if Romero was to fight smart, spam takedown attempts and throw elbows then I'd fancy him to get the stoppage.
 

Benny Blanco

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I don't see Romero ever making 185 again so it's not relevant for me. But Romero could KO him, he could KO pretty much anyone with his power. I would point out though that Adesanya wasn't in any danger from the punches that Gastelum landed. The head kick had him in a lot of trouble but Romero hasn't used that much. Now if Romero was to fight smart, spam takedown attempts and throw elbows then I'd fancy him to get the stoppage.
Nah I don’t think that’s a fair assessment to say Israel wasn’t hurt by any of Kelvins punches I think he was hurt a few times.

In fact, he actually said himself in the post fight presser the reason he was getting jabbed so much was because Kelvin hurt him when he dropped him in round one.
 

rjjfan

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So are we agreed that a 100% Whitaker has no real competition in Israel? Getting touched up by a wrestler isn't a good look for him.
 
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I have said it is going towards money fights over rankings not that all there fights are money fights now, ive not ever mentioned the other fights aren't real fights. I think compared to years gone by there is move towards money making fights rather than ranked fights.
Funny when I predicted the money era of UFC, got doubted and look what happened
 
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So are we agreed that a 100% Whitaker has no real competition in Israel? Getting touched up by a wrestler isn't a good look for him.
Nah. Gastelum has ridiculously fast hands, and has significantly improved his ability to get his hands on target. He clearly has power, and he's a tough dude. From watching the fight, his camp seems like it was a study session in every tendency of Adesanya's. Also, Adesanya managed to push on through and absorbed a ton of data in the first two rounds, followed by him coming up with new ways to pull Gastelum forward. Also look at how insane his grappling/wrestling has improved in a year and a half. Not human at all.

I favor Whittaker, but i won't for a moment buy that Adesanya can't improve even more and take that win.
 
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Haggis

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So are we agreed that a 100% Whitaker has no real competition in Israel? Getting touched up by a wrestler isn't a good look for him.
Gastelum isn't really a wrestler. He might be/probably is the best boxer in the division, he's just from a wrestling background. I mean, when's the last time you saw him with a wrestling-centric gameplan in a fight?

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