“A Bit of a Personal Vendetta”- Robert Whittaker Reveals Why He Dislikes Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Published 11/08/2021, 9:54 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: Robert Whittaker of New Zealand reacts after the conclusion of his middleweight fight against Darren Till of England during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


It is not uncommon for MMA fighters to engage in disputes outside the ring. In fact, many fights have taken place because of a rivalry that began outside the octagon. However, UFC middleweight fighter Robert Whittaker has a funny reason for disliking the famous WWE superstar and Hollywood actor, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

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Whittaker has an incredible MMA record of 24 wins and 5 losses. He is easily one of the most skilled fighters in the middleweight division and has fought some extremely intriguing and tough fights. But it seems that the Australian fighter has a grudge with ‘The Rock’.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 04: UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker of New Zealand interacts with media during UFC 243 Ultimate Media Day at Marvel Stadium on October 4, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Why does UFC fighter Robert Whittaker dislike Dwayne Johnson?

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In a short question-and-answer video, the fighter clarified his thoughts about Johnson. He said, “I have never hated him. It’s just a bit of a personal vendetta because my wife thinks he’s hot. So yeah, I hate you Rock.”

Whittaker had spoken about ‘The Rock’ earlier, too, in a podcast. He had revealed that before he met his wife, he was actually a fan of Johnson. But when his wife told him that the WWE star was handsome, it seems to have gotten to him. A hilarious reason for disliking Dwayne Johnson.

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While Whittaker might be slightly jealous of ‘The Rock’, his fans definitely have several reasons to look up to him. He is not just a great fighter, but also knows how to deal with loss effectively and does not let it affect him too much. When he lost his hard-earned title to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243, his positivity and humble attitude after the fight won over a large majority of the fanbase. 

It may be surprising to know that ‘The Reaper’ is also a gamer and knows a great deal about cosplay as well. Quite an interesting and unusual combination for a UFC fighter. Hence, his fans can’t get enough of his dynamic personality and charm. 

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What do you think about Robert Whittaker’s hilarious comments on ‘The Rock’? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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