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He has successfully defended his championship against Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa, and Marvin Vettori after defeating Whittaker for the title at UFC 243.
In 2019, the two competitors fought for the first time at UFC 243. Adesanya won the UFC middleweight championship after knocking out Whittaker in the second round.
Following a great kickboxing career, Adesanya made his MMA debut in 2012, and since joining the UFC in 2018, “The Last Stylebender” has gone 10-1.
In his lone MMA defeat, Adesanya sought but failed to capture the UFC light heavyweight championship against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259.
In 2009, Whittaker made his MMA debut. Whittaker, a victor of The Ultimate Fighter, defeated Romero to become the undisputed welterweight title in 2017.
He has defeated Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum since losing to Adesanya.
Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 and the whole UFC 271 program will be covered live by Sporting News. Continue reading below.
Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker 2: live updates and highlights from UFC 271
9:40 p.m. ET – Next up is Andrei Arlovski vs. Jared Vanderaa, a veteran vs. a rookie. To begin round one, Arlovski struck straight away.
Before the round finished, Arlovski delivered a spinning backfist while backed up against the cage.
Arlovski got punched below the belt in the second round, but he persevered. Vanderaa kept it close to the vest, allowing Arlovski to dictate the pace. In the third round, Vanderaa had Arlovski near the cage, but Arlovski continued to unleash heavy blows.
The speed favored Arlovski again, but Vanderaa had a stronger third round than the previous two. Arlovski was declared the winner on a split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
9:25 p.m. ET – O’Neill has over 300 strikes in the third inning. As Modafferi attempted another takedown, O’Neill continued to move inside and unleash crisp strikes. Modafferi attempts a take down, but O’Neill escapes.
Roxanne Modafferi gets the take down with a minute remaining in the bout, but O’Neill gets back up. O’Neill was awarded a split decision victory by the judges (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Following the victory, O’Neill was booed, whilst Modafferi received a standing ovation.
9:10 p.m. ET – Roxanne Modafferi takes on Casey O’Neill in her last bout of her career. To begin the bout, Modafferi hit many punches, forcing O’Neill into the corner.
As a consequence of Modafferi’s aggressiveness, O’Neill was able to hit several strong strokes. Modafferi finished with a connecting left hook and a powerful right. In the first round, O’Neill was landing more big blows.
In the second round, O’Neill was considerably more aggressive, hitting with precise blows and a hook. This time, she was able to go forward and score a number of important blows.
Before the conclusion of the second, O’Neill let out a battle cry, but Modafferi scored a take-down.
8:40-8:55 p.m. ET – Kyler Phillips takes on Marcelo Rojo next. Phillips attempted to be innovative early on, but he lost a few key opportunities.
He did manage to take Rojo down and hit a massive take down at one time. Before the conclusion of the first round, Phillips dumps him again. Phillips hit the stronger strokes in the second, and it was more of the same in the third.
In the third, Phillips landed on top and began bashing away at Rojo. To conclude the battle, he then submitted Rojo.
8:25 p.m. ET – Cherant has been cautious with his offensive since the first round. Ulberg defeats him late in the third round to maintain his lead over Ulberg.
With 30-27 scorecards from all three judges, he was able to win the bout.
8:10 p.m. ET – Carlos Ulberg takes against Fabio Cherant in the prelims on ESPN/ESPN+. Cherant was knocked below the belt early in the fight, and after regaining his composure, he delivered heavy blows near the cage.
As the first round drew to a conclusion, he continued to hit shots, but Ulberg was the cleaner shooter.
Adesanya vs. Whittaker at UFC 271 2 scheduled time
- Early preliminary round: 6 p.m. ET
- Preliminaries begin at 8 p.m. ET.
- Main event starts at 10 p.m. ET.
- Main event starts at 12 a.m. ET (approximate)
- On Saturday, Feb. 12, UFC 271 will take place, with the early prelims beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
What channel is UFC 271 on?
- TV channels: ESPN, ESPN Deportes
- Live stream: ESPN+
In the United States, the main card for UFC 271 is accessible for a pay-per-view fee on the ESPN+ membership program.
At 10 p.m. ET, that segment of the show will begin. However, earlier bouts may be seen live on ESPN, the WatchESPN app, and UFC Fight Pass.
Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus Eastlink, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass are all offering the main card pay-per-view in Canada.
- UFC 271 is available for $74.99 to current annual subscriptions.
- UFC 271 and an upgraded package are available for $99.98 to current monthly members. They may also pay $74.99 to attend the event.
- The UFC 271 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ yearly membership are available for $99.98 for new customers.