Israel Adesanya keeps his perfect record intact after crushing KO win over Robert Whittaker

UFC 243 Whittaker v Adesanya

The UFC made another trip Down Under last night, and it certainly didn't disappoint.

In front of a record crowd of 57,127 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, Israel Adesanya showed why he is one of the hottest properties in the sport right now.

In a hotly anticipated all Antipodean clash between Adesanya and Whittaker, the New Zealander came out on top with a devastating knockout to keep his perfect record in the sport intact.

Adesanya came to the cage with a dramatic entrance which evoked shades of the boxer Nassem Hamed's grand entrances back in the day.

The pair started to trade blows in the Octogan before Adesanya knocked down Whittaker in round one, with the horn to signal the end of the round saving him on that occassion.

However, with three minutes and 33 seconds gone in the second round, there was to be no denying Adesanya this time.

The 30-year-old connected with a punishing right hand and then followed up with a left hook which left Whittaker scrambling on the floor and Adesanya trading various blows before the referee waved of the fight.

This victory, which makes Adesanya the undisputed king of the middleweight division, caps a remarkable rise for the 30-year-old from New Zealand, who only arrived on the global MMA scene last year. 

His win over Kelvin Gastelum in an epic fight at UFC 224, landed him the interim middleweight title and set up last night's mouthwatering clash.

He now boats an impressive 18-0 professional record, and there's no denying that he's one of the hottest properties in UFC right now.

Some have even gone as far as saying he can take the sport to the levels Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor did.

High praise indeed, but only time will tell...

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