UFC champion Robert Whittaker had his direction, he’d be living in a dream land.
As Whittaker gets ready for a rematch with New Zealand’s Israel Adesanya in Houston, Texas at UFC 271 one weekend from now, he’s invested the same amount of energy partaking in the dream and sci-fi stories he adores as he has getting ready to attempt to recover the UFC middleweight title.
Whittaker says he connects with the discouraged characters of those stories, who so frequently begin as nobodies prior to incorporating themselves into legends.
“I love perusing those books and imagining myself as those folks who battle winged serpents. Battling Adesanya appears to be straightforward contrasted with battling a winged serpent,” Whittaker said.
“Whenever the saint gets wrecked however he gets back up, that kind of poo, I like it. I partake in a primary person who I disdain toward the start of the book since he’s a whingeing, griping little afterthought.
“Be that as it may, I pause for a moment and I contemplate how he’s been removed from his usual range of familiarity and into an unfamiliar climate and he’s simply adapting. I can connect with that, I like a decent whinge myself.
“Then, at that point, you consider the book continues, he’s creating and he’s getting more grounded and he’s not whingeing as much since he’s more grounded. He becomes sure in light of the fact that he becomes more grounded.
“That is the reason I like dream so a lot, that is the reason I like science fiction so much, since you don’t see that in reality, and assuming you do it’s simply a section, not the entire story.”
Whittaker’s own story isn’t such a long ways from the dream stories. There’s a feeling of an exemplary legend’s excursion to the entire thing.
Change a couple of subtleties and add a tad of enchantment and a couple of swords and his ascent from humble CityRail electrical technician to turning into Australia’s first UFC champion could be the initial demonstration of a dream set of three. UFC 271 live stream
However, the best stories are not generally about the ascent. The fall needs to come before long.
Our saints must be tested once more, and Whittaker has talked for a long time concerning how he was caught by his own dread, self-uncertainty and hypochondria going to the day he lost the belt to Adesanya back in October 2019.
Adesanya is nearly as hazardous with a mouthpiece as he is with the gloves on, and the pre-face mental conflict was a conflict Whittaker was poorly ready to battle and would never really win.
To hear Whittaker tell it, his enthusiastic over-burden made Adesanya’s second-round knockout before a record UFC horde of more than 57,000 at Docklands Stadium just about a done deal.
Whittaker is certain things will be different this time, regardless of whether Adesanya follows through on his case to hold the title with a more wrecking knockout than previously.
And keeping in mind that Adesanya is a warm top choice to do precisely that, the possibility of rout holds no dread for Whittaker this time.
“He could [knock me out again]! He won that first battle pretty well,” Whittaker said.
“I’m not preparing to get that kind of result, however the thing would he say he will say? I should be appreciative, that is somewhat manageable contrasted with a portion of the other stuff he said.
“However, it doesn’t trouble me, and on the grounds that it doesn’t trouble me I don’t focus. I wouldn’t have realized he said that in the event that you didn’t tell me.
“Not having that headspace taken up with that kind of stuff, all the pressure I was placing on myself and all the prospect of what occurs outside the Octagon, I’ve opened up such a lot of room in my mind.
“It seems like simply one more battle to me currently, it’s simply one more battle where I’m investing the energy, getting my weight down and returning home. It doesn’t feel any greater than some other battle.”
Without the dread and the uncertainty burdening him, Whittaker has liberated himself. It makes him an undeniably more hazardous warrior, and seemingly the fiercest test Adesanya has looked at middleweight as champion.
Adesanya has still never been beaten at middleweight and has gone through strong competitors like Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori effortlessly since he took the title.
Yet, he’s not brilliant – he lost to light-heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz last March and for Whittaker, Adesanya is presently not an unsolvable question.
In their first battle, Whittaker was super forceful, blitzing in with blends and Adesanya, a great counter-striker, exploited.
It was a comparable technique that outshone poor, overmatched Costa, who was taken out by Adesanya in embarrassing style in his second title protection.
Adesanya isn’t one of the winged serpents from the stories Whittaker cherishes so a lot, however accuse in of only visually impaired wrath and he’ll inhale a lot of fire.
Killing him implies defeating your own dread and anxiety as much as whatever else.
“There’s certain battles of him where he looks distant – well truly it was only one battle, the Costa battle, he looked great when he battled Costa. Also that was genuine, I was thinking ‘how might I beat him?’ after that presentation,” Whittaker said.
“However, after he lost to [Jan] Blachowicz and beat [Marvin] Vettori, how about we be genuine, he looked nothing as he did against Costa.
“Perhaps that was only a decent evening, that can occur, yet it reminded me he’s simply a man. He’s excellent at how he treats, he’s a man, he can be contacted like any other person. He can lose like any other person.
“On paper, it is really straightforward – ‘punch him more than he punches you’ – however executing it on the evening, with what he brings and how I’m feeling and what really occurs, is impossible to say. It should be basic however how about we watch out for what comes next.”
Assuming it was a dream story, Whittaker would win. He acquired the privileged position, just to lose it to another challenger yet was lowered by rout prior to rising once more, harder and more grounded and better.
He’s relinquished his questions and accepted his own abilities.
The misfortune to Adesanya would be the last venture of the second book of a series, Whittaker’s adaptation of the Empire Strikes Back, and getting back to vanquish his foe and recovering the title would be a great capstone for the third and last book of a series.
Be that as it may, life isn’t a story, whatever amount of we’d like it to be, and the battling sports can be so horrible to the individuals who have faith in fantasies. Indeed, even the new Whittaker probably won’t be to the point of beating Adesanya.
A second misfortune to Adesanya would almost certainly close the entryway on Whittaker battling for the title however long Adesanya is champion.
Beside Whittaker, there are not very many contenders left at middleweight who Adesanya has not currently beaten or would be relied upon to absolutely destroy.
So maybe the stakes are not so high as that day in Melbourne when Whittaker felt the heaviness of 56,000 individuals in the stands and the large numbers watching all over the planet, yet they are as yet enormous.
However, Whittaker won’t give the tension access. In the tales, the legend succeeds toward the end since they understand they’re unique.
Whittaker gets an opportunity of avenging his misfortune unequivocally on the grounds that he’s sure of the inverse.
Now and again, as contenders, we fail to remember what I battle for. I was battling for something different when I initially began, it was a character,” Whittaker UFC 271 in Australia.
“A ton of folks in my position let it get to their head, they believe they’re something particularly amazing and they’re not. I’m not unique, I simply battle well. That is not the way in which I feel, that is the way it is.
“I can’t assemble a house, I can scarcely cut my grass, however I can battle. I’m simply lucky that what I’m great at is something individuals love watching.
“I don’t consider myself to be anything extraordinary. Anybody with kids knows they’re not exceptional, my children don’t care a whole lot concerning this battling stuff.
“I know, no matter what the result of the battle, I will be actually similar to this on the opposite end. I realize this is the sort of person I am, and for this reason I’m getting it done.