Robert Whittaker says Israel Adesanya trilogy is "inevitable" ahead of UFC Paris

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Robert Whittaker is ready to begin a collision course towards a trilogy bout against Israel Adesanya by seeing off the threat of Marvin Vettori at UFC Paris in September.

Whittaker, a former UFC Middleweight Champion who lost his belt in defeat against Adesanya back in 2019, had won three fights in a row against Darren Till, Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum before losing to his former conqueror by unanimous decision in February.

Still ranked #1 in the division, the 31-year-old has signed to face #3 ranked Vettori (18-5-1) in Europe later this year after Cannonier gets his own shot at the champ in July – and while the Reaper won't look past the Italian Dream, he isn't giving up on the belt.

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Whittaker (23-6) told Daily Star Sport when asked about his path back to the Last Stylebender: "It's tricky, there is not a lot of people left for me and him to fight.

"We have fought all the top dogs in the division and I guess this is the only logical fight to try and get the third fight with Izzy."

Adesanya has made it clear that a trilogy with Whittaker is not in his plans having registered both finish and decision victories over him – even suggesting that the New Zealand-born Australian brawler should change weight classes.

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Whittaker adds: "My goal is obviously to get that third fight with Israel and get that belt back. Especially with the way our second fight concluded.

"The plan is simple, and it's just to beat everybody in front of me, eventually they will run out of people to throw at me and I'll have to fight him, he'll have to fight me.

"I feel like it's inevitable if we stay the course."

In terms of a potential move to light-heavyweight, the longest serving UFC star from down under will only make that call on his own terms – potentially at the end of his career.

He concludes: "The 205 move is something that I'll do personally when I get sick of cutting weight, I do very well in middleweight and that's a good weight for me to fight at. But we will wait and see."

Also on the card is the headlining main event between home favourite Ciryl Gane and the powerful Tai Tuivasa as well as a flyweight bout between Manon Fiorot and former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: GANE vs. TUIVASA tickets go on sale from 09:00 a.m. BST on Friday, June 24, via Accor Arena and Ticketmaster.

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