As the highly anticipated UFC 289 event approaches, fans are getting an inside look at the fighters’ preparations in the fourth episode of “UFC 289 Embedded.” The video series showcases the intense training, personal lives, and behind-the-scenes action in the lead-up to the big event on November 6, 2022. This episode features UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, and title challenger Dustin Poirier.
Adesanya and Whittaker Prepare for their Rematch
The episode begins by focusing on the middleweight title unification bout between Adesanya and Whittaker. The two fighters previously faced off in October 2019, with Adesanya emerging victorious and capturing the undisputed title. This time, Whittaker is looking to avenge his loss and take the belt from Adesanya. The video shows both fighters intensely training and sharpening their skills in anticipation of their rematch. Adesanya is seen working on his striking and grappling, while Whittaker is shown focusing on his wrestling and conditioning.
In a brief interview, Whittaker expresses his determination to reclaim the title, stating, “I’m hungry, I’m motivated. I’m coming for that belt, and I’m going to take it.” Meanwhile, Adesanya remains confident in his abilities and is looking forward to putting on another show for the fans, saying, “I’m still the king of this division, and I’m going to prove it again on November 6.”
Oliveira and Poirier Vie for the Lightweight Title
The episode also delves into the highly anticipated lightweight title fight between Oliveira and Poirier. Oliveira, who captured the vacant title in May 2021, is looking to solidify his reign as champion by defeating the dangerous Poirier. On the other hand, Poirier is coming off a high-profile win over Conor McGregor and is eager to capture the lightweight belt that has eluded him throughout his career.
Both fighters are shown rigorously preparing for their upcoming clash, with Oliveira focusing on his grappling and Poirier honing his striking. Oliveira acknowledges the challenge posed by Poirier, saying, “Dustin is a great fighter, but I’m the champion, and I will show everyone why I’m the best in the world.” Poirier, however, remains undeterred, expressing his belief that he will walk away with the title, stating, “I’ve worked my entire career for this moment. I’m going to seize it and become the undisputed champion.”
UFC 289 promises to be an action-packed event, featuring some of the sport’s top athletes and most exciting matchups. With fighters like Adesanya, Whittaker, Oliveira, and Poirier putting everything on the line, fans can expect fireworks come fight night on November 6, 2022.