In the pair’s first outing, Adesanya, the then-interim middleweight champion, stopped Whittaker with a second round knockout in October 2019 in Melbourne, Australia — successfully unifying the middleweight titles.
Since then, Adesanya has successfully scored a trio of title defenses, defeating Yoel Romero and Marvin Vettori with unanimous decision wins — in between a second round knockout over Paulo Costa on ‘Fight Island’.
For former champion, Whittaker, the fan-favorite technician bounced back from his knockout defeat to Adesanya with three unanimous decision wins over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and common-foe, Kelvin Gastelum.
UFC 271 Results: Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2
UFC 271 Main Card Results: (PPV 10 pm E.T)
Middleweight: Israel Adesanya (c) def. Robert Whittaker via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa def. Derrick Lewis via second round (1:40) KO (elbow)
Middleweight: Jared Cannonier def. Derek Brunson via second round (4:29) TKO (ground strikes)
Lightweight: Renato Moicano def. Alexander Hernandez via second round (1:23) submission (rear-naked choke)
Lightweight: Bobby Green def. Nasrat Haqparast via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
UFC 271 Preliminary Card Results: (ESPN2/ESPN+ 8 pm E.T)
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski def. Jared Vanderaa via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Flyweight: Casey O’Neill def. Roxanne Modafferi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Kyler Philips def. Marcelo Rojo vis third round (1:43) submission (armbar)
Light Heavyweight: Carlos Ulberg def. Fabio Cherant via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
UFC 271 Early Preliminary Card Results: (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass 6 pm E.T)
Bantamweight: Ronnie Lawrence def. Leomana Martinez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Middleweight: Jacob Malkoun def. A.J. Dobson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Sergey Morozov via second round (3:34) submission (rear-naked choke)
Welterweight: Jeremiah Wells def. Mike Mathetha via first round (4:38) submission (rear-naked choke)
Heavyweight: Maxim Grishin def. William Knight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)