‘It’s a Terrible Feeling’ – Robert Whittaker Gets Brutally Honest About How He Feels Before Every UFC Fight

Published 05/19/2021, 9:21 AM EDT
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)


A UFC fighter is one of the strongest and the scariest men on the planet. However, they are still human beings and have rational fears and anxieties. Take Robert Whittaker, for instance. With a nickname like ‘The Reaper,’ it’s hard to imagine that he would be scared of anything.

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However, that is exactly the case, and he appeared on an Australian talk show, FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA, to talk about his feelings before a fight. The interviewer put the question forward to him, and Whittaker revealed it was terrible.

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“Moments before a fight? Why am I doing this? This is terrible. It is. The pressure and the feeling from the whole day when I wake up and when I’m in the octagon. They lock that bolt, and there’s no one in there except the guy that’s trying to beat me up,” Whittaker said.

He reiterated the fact that it was a terrible feeling and almost called it terrifying. The interviewer asked him about the correction, and Whittaker elaborated. “Not terrifying, it’s terrible. There’s just so much pressure. Every single fighter, I’m like, why am I doing this,” he answered.

It was an honest insight into the mind of a man who looks like he’s completely invincible in the Octagon. He has won 12 out of his last 13 fights, and the only loss came against the current middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya. He lost his middleweight belt, but he’ll be very keen to get it back.

Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum: A perfect performance

The Aussie was in sublime form in his last match against Gastelum and dazzled the fans with his wide arsenal of kicks and combos. Gastelum had no answer for Whittaker’s stand-up game and almost seemed to lose every single exchange on the feet.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 17: Robert Whittaker of Australia reacts after his victory over Kelvin Gastelum in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 17, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

However, the esteemed wrestler couldn’t cut it on the ground either, as Whittaker took him down four times compared to Gastelum’s one. It was a perfect performance, and Whittaker got the win via a unanimous decision, with all three judges giving him all five rounds.

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Fans will be buzzing to see how he performs in his next fight, as it is definitely going to be a title fight against the winner of the title match between Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori at UFC 263.

Do you think Robert Whittaker will win the middleweight gold again?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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