For the previous middleweight champ, he believes a rematch with reigning middleweight winner Israel Adesanya, who defeated him by next spherical KO in 2019, is following.
The no. 1 contender outlined a handful of factors as to why he must be following for Adesanya.
“There is no other fight. There’s just that fight still left. I have defended the range a person location a few situations versus the future massive thing,” Whittaker explained about no. 4 contender Jared Cannonier. “I took this fight with Gastelum on a month’s discover when Costa pulled out.”
Inspite of Whittaker possessing his primary occasion saved by Gastelum filling in on limited observe, the previous champ lamented not getting ready to battle his primary opponent, no. 2 ranked middleweight Paulo Costa.
“I wish I was gonna combat Costa far too, and I took it,” Whittaker stated in reference to Gastelum filling in on quick recognize. “I change from selection two [contender] to amount eight [contender]. Heading from 3 to quantity 8, what ever it is, and I nonetheless took it. I altered and I obtained the get once once more against a hard opponent.”
Just after Whittaker conceded that the reigning winner in Adesanya would be a challenging battle for him, he then acknowledged still once again that a title shot should be next for the “defending” no. 1 contender.
“I consider, no. I know which is the only struggle left,” Whittaker mentioned.
Whittaker then reacted to no. 3 middleweight contender Marvin Vettori declaring he was the one that deserved a title shot above Whittaker.
“I’ve fought absolutely nothing but range a person contenders. I have currently ran the gauntlet. Everybody that was operating for a title and has a title shot if they conquer me? I conquer. That’s it,” Whittaker said. “Honestly, I like Marvin I guess. He’s alright. But I feel there’s fights he still demands to make. I really do not think he’s fought some of the top rated three dudes, the top rated five dudes definitely that are genuinely up there and killing it at the moment, the unsafe fellas.”
Whittaker conceded that Vettori is up upcoming to challenge Adesanya for the middleweight title, just just after he receives his shot.
“He can wait around his switch. Allow me have my struggle, then he can struggle the winner of that,” Whittaker explained. “Relax.”