Whitaker was knocked out in the second round by Adesanya, and he confesses that the pre-fight trash talk influenced the outcome.
The Australian believes Adesanya is still a “piece of sht,” but is determined to keep his emotions in check in the rematch.
“Lets not talk too much about Israel because I think he’s a piece of sh-t,” Whittaker said (h/t MMAMania). “He’s just a sh-t person. A sh-t person. Ah, a piece of sh-t is too rough. Too harsh. He’s a sh-thead. There that sounds better. He’s a sh-thead. I don’t like him, he doesn’t like me. Two cats from two different paths that don’t get along.”
“It did, because the last fight I was kind of very emotional,” Whittaker revealed when asked if Adesanya’s trash talk got the better of him. “I was in a bad place for the sport itself, for my career. I got a bit emotional in that fight because I don’t like him very much and on top of everything else that was going on. Lost my cool. I wasn’t really fighting like I should fight, like I normally fight. Props to him, he got in my head. I just think he’s a shithead.”
Whittaker bounced back from the setback with three straight victories over top-ten ranked opponents Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum.
A rematch with Adesanya is planned later this year, though no date or location has been set.