While MMA fans are ready for UFC 270 to arrive, don’t forget that UFC 271 is less than a month away. And with that, folks can’t wait for the rematch between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker. The two middleweights will lead the way on Saturday, Feb. 12. In this piece, we have UFC 271 picks for Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2. Which standout will get the win in this one?
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Adesanya is a strong favourite over Whittaker in the rematch
• What: UFC 271 • Who: Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker • Where: Toyota Center in Houston • When: Feb. 12
It goes without saying, but Adesanya is a strong favourite over Whittaker in the rematch that everyone is talking about. Adesanya and Whittaker of course aren’t strangers with one another, as they met at UFC 243 way back in October of 2019. Back then, that was a highly-anticipated showdown, just like the one we’ve got coming up next month at the Toyota Center in Houston.
When these two powerhouses faced off in 2019, Adesanya was able to come out on top with an impressive TKO. He was the favourite then and the same can be said for their second fight. Adesanya has been on a tear, as he’s posted a 21-1-0 record. Meanwhile, for Whittaker, he’s 24-5-0. Both these guys know that their battle at UFC 271 will be one to remember and it won’t be easy to come out on top.
Odds are subject to change and were correct as of 10:00 am on February 7, 2022.
“I haven’t hit the limit yet,” Adesanya said in a recent interview leading up to his second fight with Whittaker. “It’s endless. These people don’t understand what’s coming. Against Robert, the first three moves I make on the chessboard in our next fight, our rematch, he’s going to second-guess himself. He’s going to third-guess himself.”
From that quote, you can see that Adesanya is fired up to get back inside of the octagon with Whittaker and put on a show. According to the best Canadian sportsbooks, Adesanya holds 1.42 UFC betting odds. Meanwhile, for Whittaker, he’s been set at 2.98. In this case, we think that Adesanya will be able to improve his record to 22-1-0. We’re going with him as our pick.
Will the Adesanya vs. Whittaker bout end with a TKO?
The question so many fans out there have on their minds is will the Adesanya vs. Whittaker bout end with a TKO? That’s something we’re taking into consideration at CanadaSportsBetting as well, and all signs are pointing to that happening. What makes this meeting so special is that both of these fighters are known for delivering some truly remarkable punches. They’ve got knockout power, which will make this fight awesome.
The first time around, Adesanya was able to record his victory with a TKO. For his career, Adesanya has 21 wins and 15 of those have come via a TKO. The man simply knows what it takes to hit guys in the right spot and make sure they don’t get up again. This is something Whittaker fully understands, which will cause him to be a little extra careful when getting ready to counter with some big swings as well.
Per the oddsmakers, Adesanya holds 2.40 odds to win this fight via a TKO. Whittaker’s odds for a TKO win have been placed at 6.00. This tells you that it isn’t expected for Whittaker to win via a knockout, but Adesanya surely has what it takes to get the job done. We’re doubling down here, as we’re picking Adesanya to not only win but do so with a powerful TKO. Agree? Place a wager through our best UFC betting sites.
Kyler Phillips vs. Marcelo Rojo will also be a fantastic showdown
Elsewhere, it goes without saying but Kyler Phillips vs. Marcelo Rojo will also be a fantastic showdown that UFC fans across the world are going to enjoy. This one is serving as the co-main event, with both bantamweight talents incredibly hungry to try and record a win. While the Adesanya-Whitter fight is highly-anticipated, the Toyota Center will be rocking for Rojo vs. Phillips as well.
While the odds haven’t been released for this one just yet, we believe that this will be a back-and-forth affair. We’re not expecting the fight to end in the first round either. Rojo is 16-8-0 entering the matchup, while Phillips is 9-2-0. Both these guys have great speed and finishing ability. While it indeed is tough to try and make a selection between the studs, we’re going with Phillips as our pick.