Israel Adesanya blasts Robert Whittaker ahead of UFC 236 interim title showdown with Kelvin Gastelum
Israel Adesanya took aim at middleweight champion Robert Whittaker ahead of his fight for the interim title this weekend.
‘The Last Stylebender’ will be next in line to face Whittaker for the belt if he can find a way past Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 this Saturday.
Adesanya, ranked No 5 in the division, is one of the sport’s rising stars and a man may tip to become a household name.
Israel Adesanya called out Robert Whittaker for his lack of activity over the last three years
He condemned Whittaker’s inactivity on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show: ‘Dude, the guy has fought twice in three years.
‘Imagine me as champion in three years what I could do. My first year look what I did in UFC, so imagine me in three years what I could do.’
Whittaker was scheduled to fight Gastelum last year but pulled out of the fight at the 11th hour for emergency surgery on an abdominal hernia and twisted and collapsed bowel.
Adesanya (left) overcame Anderson Silva to set up the fight with Kelvin Gastelum on Saturday
Whittaker is the middleweight champion but has suffered a number of injury and health issues
Those the persistent injury problems have led to his lack of fights over the last three years but Adesanya also claimed the champion doesn’t pull his weight in the promotional side of the job.
He added: ‘And I actually work, I actually show up to work. Even though I don’t like it all the time, I actually get all the media done.’
‘I actually perform. So yeah, he can be all like, ‘I’m not here to talk…’ get the f*** out of here.
‘This is part of the game, this is how you become immortal in this game. I am doing my part and that’s all I care about. He can stay over there and do that part.’