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UFC 254: Robert Whittaker defeats Jared Cannonier in Abu Dhabi and closes in on Israel Adesanya rematch

New Zealand-born Australian, who lost the middleweight belt late last year, dispatched American via unanimous decision at Flash Forum

Robert Whittaker defeated Jared Cannonier in their title eliminator at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi early on Sunday to most probably book a rematch with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

The New Zealand-born Australian, who lost the belt to Adesanya late last year, dispatched Cannonier via unanimous decision at Flash Forum – his second victory in the capital in four months.

All three judges gave Whittaker, who knocked down Cannonier in the third round, 29-28.

As the division’s No 1-ranked challenger, and having seen off the No 2 Cannonier, Whittaker will almost certainly go up against former foe Adesanya once more, potentially early next year.

UFC 254 brings to a close “Return to Fight Island”, the UFC’s second residency in Abu Dhabi.

Updated: October 25, 2020 12:38 AM