“Talk about false ads!” Robert Whittaker wins main event over Darren Till in UFC’s final event on their ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi … but some fans were still disappointed with the product they received in the UAE
- Robert Whittaker took the win in the main event on Darren Till on Saturday
- The New Zealander won by unanimous decision in a hotly contested match
- Some fans were still upset about the fighting not really being held on the beach
- It was the last of Dana White’s events at UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi
The last of the UFC Fight Island events took place at night in Abu Dhabi, with many fans still seemingly upset about the product they received from the United Arab Emirates.
Robert Whittaker claimed a unanimous decision victory over British contender Darren Till in the main event, in the last of four events on the island.
However, following UFC 251 two weeks ago, when fans were disappointed that the octagon wasn’t actually staged on the beach, some supporters still couldn’t get over it – with one describing it as “false advertising!”
UFC Fight Island organized its fourth and final event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday evening
The octagon, like previous weeks, was not on the beach when the series of events came to an end
Some fans couldn’t deny that the event was not actually being held on the island’s beach
Dana White had warned that this would be the case, with the UFC president organizing events in the Middle East so that events could be held during the coronavirus pandemic.
More than four events in three weeks have flown over 100 fighters to Yas Island, where they faced strict social distance protocols on arrival.
It all came to an end on Saturday night, with New Zealander Whittaker triumphing after a tactical and tense win over Till.
Whittaker fought for the first time since losing his belt to current champion Israel Adesanya in Melbourne last year, getting a unanimous 48-47 decision from the three judges at Yas Island.
Robert Whittaker defeated British fighter Darren Till by unanimous decision in the main tournament
Whittaker landed a few early shots in the first round before the Liverpudlian responded with a left elbow to the chin, causing the Australian to fall.
But Whittaker responded in the second round, his big right hand knocked the Englishman down before leaning forward to use a bat on the man on the canvas.
Round three was a close affair, with Whittaker failing to take a takedown, but landing a left hook during the break.
Till takes a hit on Whittaker in a fight that was a close affair in the United Arab Emirates
Till struggled to stay on his feet so quickly during the last two rounds, peaking at the end of the fourth when a combination of punches hit the Australian’s head back.
Whittaker continued to aim Till’s lead leg and emerged victorious, but not before a cutting elbow opened a massive cut on his head in the fifth round.
Afterward, Whittaker told ESPN that the fight was “so stressful,” adding: “Frankly, I hope the fans and everyone can appreciate it. Cause that level for me, that was one of the most technical battles I’ve ever had to fight. ‘