Robert Whittaker earned his second victory in as many fights at Fight Island as he earned a unanimous decision victory over Jared Cannonier at UFC 254.
“ The Reaper ” claimed a very fine decision against Darren Till in July, but was much more convincing against the dangerous Cannonier for potentially disrupting his middleweight title plans.
Although Israel Adesanya practically promised the American a title shot if he could defeat the former champion, Cannonier was called off at the opening bell.
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Whittaker, who was knocked out by Adesanya at UFC 243 last year, gave a glimpse of his best vintage against Till – but definitely found his best on Fight Island.
The Australian was rocking back and forth and his lateral movement was partially disrupted by Cannonier’s ugly kicks.
Despite the “ Killa Gorilla ” looking to chase away “ Bobby Knuckles ”, Whittaker showed his excellent punching skills and hurt his opponent in the second and third rounds.
A kick to the head visibly staggered Cannonier, but the former U.S. Army soldier proved his resilience to hang on to the final bell.
With a swollen left eye and blood streaming down his face, Cannonier looked like he expected to hear the unanimous decision scorecards in favor of his performance.
For Whittaker, a rematch with “The Last Stylebender” could be on the cards, given he has already beaten Till this year.
For now, he has confirmed in his post-fight interview that he just wants to go back Down Under and put his Christmas tree down with his kids, without anyone balking the 29-year-old for the opportunity.