Robert Whittaker is the most accomplished MMA fighter in the history of combat sports in Australia and New Zealand. The former UFC middleweight champion is arguably the best fighter in the division’s history.
As of January 2021, he ranked at #1 in the UFC middleweight rankings. Furthermore, he sits at #13 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings.
‘Bobby Knuckles’ started his UFC career as a contestant on the first series of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes and won the welterweight competition. Whittaker went on to beat the likes of Colton Smith, Mike Rhodes, and Brad Scott.
‘The Reaper’ Whittaker would eventually move up to middleweight and beat Uriah Hall, Rafael Natal, Derek Brunson Ronaldo Souza. Later, at UFC 213, he became the interim champion after defeating Yoel Romero.
However, he became the undisputed middleweight champion since Georges St-Pierre left the UFC after capturing the title. ‘The Reaper’ surrendered his belt in his first official title defense after Israel Adesanya finished him at UFC 243.
He has bounced back with wins over Darren Till at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Till and Jared Cannonier at UFC 254. Currently, ‘Bobby Knuckles’ holds a stellar record of 22-5-0 in his professional career. In the UFC, he has put together a 13-3 record.
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Apart from being the middleweight champion, Whittaker is also the first Australian UFC champion. He has claimed four Fight of the Night and three Performance of the Night awards. He has also won 2017 Fighter of the Year by Sherdog and 2017 International Fighter of the Year by World MMA Awards.
Whittaker is primarily a striker. However, if he wants, he can also wrestle with his opponents. ‘The Reaper’ blitzes on his opponents unexpectedly and catches them off guard.
He has claimed nine wins via knockout and five wins via submission during his time as a professional mixed martial artist. However, UFC fans would not be aware of this aspect of his game as his last submission victory came in 2011.
Robert ‘The Reaper’ Whittaker is one of the most loved combat sports athletes in the history of Australia. Also, he has tie-ups with some huge companies such as Rival Sports, Reaper Gear, Kaplan Homes, Musashi Nutrition, Bethesda ANZ, and Sweatcentral.
‘The Reaper’ has earned over $2,936,000 in his UFC career. The Aussie banked his biggest paycheck against Yoel Romero ($610,000) according to The Sports Daily.
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|Gym||PMA Super Martial Arts|
|Weight/ Division||186 lbs (middleweight)|
|Active Win Streak||2|
|Estimated Net Worth||NA|
|Endorsements||Rival Sports, Reaper Gear, Kaplan Homes, Musashi Nutrition, Bethesda ANZ, Sweatcentral|