‘I Don’t Know if He Is Ready’- Dana White Unsure If Robert Whittaker Will Get the Title Fight

Published 06/08/2021, 2:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 23: UFC president Dana White interacts with fans and media during the UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The middleweight title will be on the line this weekend as the champion Israel Adesanya takes on Marvin Vettori in an epic rematch. Both men faced each other early on in their UFC career. ‘The Last Style Bender’ secured the win via split-decision. However, many believed that the fight could have gone either way. 

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Being a champion in the UFC means a line of contenders are aiming for what you have and that is no different for the champion at 185-pounds in the UFC. Former champion Robert Whittaker has cemented his place as the rightful number one contender and many believe he will be next for the winner at UFC 263. However, Dana White is not so sure. 

While speaking about Robert Whittaker and if a title shot is next for him he said, “Well obviously when he is ready to fight, we will get him a fight. I can’t say oh, he’s definitely next, cause I don’t know if he is ready to be next. I don’t know what he has got planned or what is going. And you’re absolutely right, we roll, we keep moving. We put on fights every weekend. Whoever is ready to fight gets the fight. Costa just got the shot, Whittaker was the no-brainer, he did not want the fight. Vettori is next.”
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Should Robert Whittaker get the next shot at the 185-pound title?

Israel Adesanya fought in March when he attempted to become a two-division world champion. However, that did not go his way. ‘The Last Style Bender’ decided to bounce back immediately and book a fight for June. The UFC and Adesanya wanted Whittaker as an opponent. 

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However, Whittaker declined the fight as it was too short of a turnaround for him and understandably so as he went through a five-round war against Kelvin Gastelum on April 17th. This would not give him enough time to get back home, quarantine, recover, and prepare adequately. 

Whittaker is on a three-fight win streak with wins over the likes of Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum. Given his recent performances and the fighters he has beaten, Whittaker absolutely deserves to be next in line for the title shot. 

Do you agree that Whittaker deserves the next title shot? Let us know in the comments below!

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