The victory marked the fifth win in the UFC for Adesanya, who now proclaims himself the number one contender to the UFC Middleweight Champion.
“I’m the No. 1 contender,” Adesanya said after the event (via MMA Junkie). “I’m the guy fighting for the belt. I don’t care. Kelvin or Rob, whoever it is I don’t care. Whoever has the belt. Cause I see Kelvin walking around with that belt and I don’t know who gave it to him. I’m fighting for the belt next that’s all I know. I did my job. I showed up to work.”
Adesanya knows that he is in a position now to wait for the middleweight title shot to come to him.
“I can afford to do what I want right now,” Adesanya said. “I can wait out for as long as I need to because I’ve done so much for the company. I’ve played my part and I’m the No. 1 contender. ‘Jacare’ (Souza) can fight Kelvin, or they already fight – get a rematch. I don’t care. I showed up to work, that’s all I know.”
There is no word as to when Whittaker will return to action, as a minimum of four weeks may be needed for the champion to recover from surgery.