There seems to be some confusion over the fame of Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker II.
Consistent with UFC President Dana White and Adesanya’s administration, it’s a transfer. Consistent with the champ himself, it’s “cap”; for the non-millennial set, which implies it’s a lie.
Adesanya answered through Twitter shortly after the marketing introduced the combat, set to headline UFC 271 on Feb. 12 in Houston.
Knowledgeable of the plain snafu on the UFC 269 submit-fight press convention, White became pressured, then visibly indignant. Looking for solutions from the UFC’s chief working officer, Hunter Campbell, he became educated that the merchandising had it in writing that Adesanya had agreed to the fight. Nevertheless, it didn’t take him prolonged to pivot.
“focus, if he doesn’t wish to combat Whittaker, satisfactory, then I assume we’ll find every other fight,” White acknowledged. “Who offers a bit? I in actuality don’t ship a short. You don’t need the Whittaker combat to be on? Okay, then discover one thing else.”
White has taken a comparable stance on quite a few events for the reason that UFC resumed industrial enterprise amid the pandemic. Fighters who didn’t have to take offered fights ought to sit out as long as they desired (although they nonetheless remained beneath contract inside the close to time period due to necessary settlement extensions for fights turned down). The idea of promoting placing out incorrect data regarded to chafe the UFC chief higher than normal.
“Why might we lie?” White stated. “whereas having we ever fcking lied? This fight’s arising…Did we lie roughly it? Twenty fcking years, have we ever lied roughly making a fight? A couple of fights are more durable to make than others, nevertheless, I don’t suppose we’ve ever lied about making combat. Why would possibly we lie about that combat?”
In reality, the promoting has been compelled to backpedal when obvious agreements didn’t keep as a lot as public scrutiny. In 2018, Nick Diaz denied reporting from UFC broadcast accomplice ESPN that he had agreed to an octagon return at UFC 235. Subsequently, he signed on the dotted line, however not till September of this yr — greater than three years later.
It stays to be seen whether or not Adesanya’s tweet is severe or simply actually one in every of many playful jabs. However, there are positive to be some conversations roughly it backstage.
White wished a second to compose himself to recuperate from the short-term drama.
“My head’s nonetheless all f*cked-up from Adesanya,” he acknowledged when requested roughly Julianna Pena’s dazzling upset in Saturday’s co-headliner.