Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker 2 date: UFC 271 UK start time, full fight card, live stream and how to follow the middleweight title clash this weekend as ‘The Last Stylebender “defend the crown


Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker will renew their rivalry in the main event at UFC 271 this weekend.

Adesanya knocked out Whittaker at UFC 243 in October 2019 to win the world middleweight title.

Israel Adesanya became the real middleweight champion against Robert Whittaker in 2019
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“The Last Stylebender” is still undefeated at middleweight, but lost to Jan Blachowicz last March in his foray into the light-heavyweight division.

Whittaker, meanwhile, rebounded well from his loss to Adesanya and picked up three straight wins over Kelvin Gastelum, Jared Cannonier and Darren Till.

Now he will be eager to put on a better show against Adesanya at UFC 271.

Derrick Lewis vs. Tai Tuivasa and Jared Cannonier vs. Derek Brunson will also be shown in Texas.

Adesanya vs Whittaker: Date and how to follow

The flagship event is to take place on Saturday February 12 and takes place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Preliminary action will begin at 1am UK time on Sunday morning, with the main card starting at 3am.

Adesanya vs Whittaker can then be expected around 6am.

The action will air on BT Sport 1 with their coverage starting at 12.30am.

talkSPORT.com will also have all the prep and reaction to the action throughout fight week.

Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker 2 date: UFC 271 UK start time, full fight card, live stream and how to follow the middleweight title clash this weekend as 'The Last Stylebender "defend the crown
Adesanya knocked out ‘The Reaper’ at Marvel Stadium at UFC 243
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Adesanya vs. Whittaker: fight card

Subject to change

Main board

  • Main Event: Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Robert Whittaker – For the UFC Middleweight Championship
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Derek Brunson
  • Kyler Phillips vs. Marcelo Rojo
  • Bobby Green vs. Nasrat Haqparast

Preliminary map

  • Andrei Arlovski vs Jared Vanderaa
  • Roxanne Modafferi vs. Casey O’Neill
  • Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell
  • William Knight vs. Maxim Grishin

Early Preliminary Map

  • Leomana Martinez vs. Ronnie Lawrence
  • Alexander Hernandez vs. Renato Moicano
  • Carlos Ulberg vs. Fabio Cherant
  • AJ Dobson vs. Jacob Malkoun
  • Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Sergei Morozov
  • Jeremiah Wells vs. Mike Mathetha
Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker 2 date: UFC 271 UK start time, full fight card, live stream and how to follow the middleweight title clash this weekend as 'The Last Stylebender "defend the crown
Adesanya defeated Marvin Vettori in his last fight
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Adesanya vs Whittaker: What was said?

Robert Whittaker: “I got so into my head and had so much resentment towards him and such anger that I burned myself out. I had so much anger and hate, and I burned myself out.

“It was tiring to be mad at him, and for no real reason. It’s not like he came to my house and stole my TV.

“You can see how out of the ordinary I fought. How reckless, if you will, how I fought. I guess that’s the biggest regret I would have in this fight. I would like to fight like me. I am not satisfied with this.

“After the first loss, I had a lot of soul-searching and trying to understand myself and my own headspace. It laid the foundation for everything else I can do. I’m going back in my head and trying to dissect things to try to make things easier in my life since that first loss.

“I find that if you focus on those little obstacles or why you feel like that, you can literally make it better and it makes the whole process easier.

“I got over it. Honestly, once I let it go, I started seeing it like everyone else. I don’t hate the guy anymore. If anything, I respect his skills.

“I respect him just doing his thing. That’s the thing. Although I think his behavior is a bit [out there] sometimes he sticks to it. He always does. He’s just him. I guess that’s the long answer: I don’t hate the guy.


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