Robert Whittaker is one of the best fighters in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The New Zealand-born Australian fighter is an extremely skilled fighter and is a former UFC Middleweight Champion. As of November 23, 2020, he is #1 in the UFC middleweight rankings and #13 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings.
‘The Reaper’ had a keen interest in the sport and has been practicing since the tender age of 7. The New Zealand-born fighter definitely has a long way to go in his UFC career. With an amazing record of 23 wins and 5 losses, he is one of the greatest the sport has ever seen.
Whittaker is one of the most disciplined and hardworking fighters in the UFC. This is what he said in one of his interviews:
“I’m just happy,” Whittaker said. “I’m alive again. The fire for the sport has been there. I’m enjoying all angles of it. I’m enjoying media week. enjoying the weight cut. enjoying my time in isolation. That’s a massive change and just feeling that way means I’m gonna go in that octagon, happy as Larry, and I’m just gonna get to work. I’m just gonna have fun.”
After struggling to reach the mainstream, Whittaker has had to endure a fair share of setbacks that come naturally as he is in there with the world’s elite fighters. ‘The Reaper’ has suffered three defeats in his professional fighting career. They have come against some of the most prominent names in the game.
Robert Whittaker went up against Israel Adesanya on October 6, 2019, at UFC 243. This was arguably one of the best fights in the middleweight division of the sport. Two superstars of the game went against each other and displayed a thrilling performance. The ‘Last Stylebender’ dominated the entire fight, with Whittaker losing both the bout and the championship via second-round knockout. This is what the fighter said about his loss:
“I think it was one more thing that piled on top. One more thing we threw on top of a pile of an already huge clutter mess of what was going on in my head. And certainly, I can’t discount the fact that side of it, as well as the hype and the buildup and the attention me and him were receiving in Australia.… The size of the event, the size of the venue — it was a massive thing. It just blew everything up to bigger proportions.
“I’m certain it did play a factor. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. But I think it was the cherry on top, not so much the driving factor.”
Robert Whittaker went up against Court McGee at UFC Fight Night 27 on August 28, 2013. This was one of the initial matches of his career. The fight went on for three rounds, and both the fighters looked extremely dangerous. Whittaker was extremely dominant with his elbows and his strikers, but could not handle the pressure of the fight and finally lost this bout.
Robert Whittaker went up against Stephen Thompson on February 22, 2014, at UFC 170. This was a thrilling match against the two. Thompson showed his skillful moves and did not allow his opponent to dominate him. In the end, Whittaker lost the fight via TKO in the first round. This is what Whittaker said in one of his interviews:
“You know who’s the best, I think the best person who fights on the outside is Wonderboy Thompson. He fights on the outside, he gives you different looks from the outside. He’s got good long range attacks. And when he comes in, it’s hard to see because he disguises it behind other stuff.
Robert Whittaker is a young, vibrant talent and has a lot more to show in his upcoming fights. ‘The Reaper’ has a special vigor to always bounce back and give his best whenever he is in the cage. With all the losses that he has suffered recently, he is for sure going to make a great comeback and make his mark once again in the octagon.
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