Robert Whittaker has fired a warning at Kiwi-Nigerian Israel Adesanya, as the trans-Tasman foes prepare to square off for the UFC's middleweight title.
After 29-year old Adesanya defeated Kelvin Gastelum to take the UFC's interim middleweight title on Sunday, he and Whittaker are now on an inevitable collision course, with the Australian confident in his own ability.
"Israel should be very worried," Whittaker told ESPN.
"I'm a different fighter than Gastelum. I bring much more heat. I hit harder. I hit faster. I'm going to come with a new level of intensity that he's not used to."
Whittaker also says that Adesanya's performance against Gastelum has given him the perfect blueprint for their upcoming bout, describing the Kiwi-Nigerian as "very hittable."
"If you watch the fight, you can see that the holes that were there every fight before, they just got exposed bigger."
"There are a lot of things that Gastelum exploited, and there were a lot of things Gastelum could have exploited but couldn't because of his makeup, because of his striking style, because of his height and reach."
The pair's UFC title fight is yet to be confirmed, however President Dana White has confirmed that Australia has the best chance of hosting any such fight.