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    Adesanya kayoes Whittaker in second to unify middleweight belts at UFC 243

    Oct 6, 2019
    PHOTO: AP

    MELBOURNE, Australia — Interim champion Israel Adesanya has dethroned UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker with a stunning knockout in the second round of their highly anticipated 185-pound unification bout which headlined UFC 243 at Melbourne's Docklands Stadium.

    New Zealand-based, Nigerian-born Adesanya landed a right hook which floored Whittaker in the final seconds of the first round and ended the fight in the second of the five-round contest with a left hook.

    It was New Zealand-born Australian Whittaker's first fight since June 2018 in Chicago. The 28-year-old Whittaker was scheduled to fight in February but withdrew due to emergency bowel surgery.

    Whittaker's UFC world-title defense was the first by an Australian.

    Adesanya, 30, has improved his UFC record to 7-0.

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