Robert Whittaker Shares Heartwarming Post With His Son After a Recent Training Session

Published 03/22/2021, 7:44 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: Robert Whittaker of New Zealand poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC middleweight Robert Whittaker took to social media and shared a touching post with his son during a training session. ‘The Reaper’ is one of the most passionate family-oriented fighters on the roster with it being his main focus. He famously decided to end talks for fighting in December (potentially for a belt) to spend time with his family over Christmas.

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Additionally, the UFC has captured footage on many occasions inside the Whittaker family household during fight week. Robert Whittaker makes sure to have his wife and children on board, and it makes for a wholesome interaction. Chiefly, this is just one of the many reasons why he is endeared by fans to a significant extent.

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In the tweet, fans can see Whittaker’s son playfully attempt a takedown, absorb a punch and eventually get the win over his father.

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UFC middleweight title picture: Where does Robert Whittaker fit in?

The former champion is the front runner to receive the next title shot as he’s got the best wins in the division as of late. After falling to Israel Adesanya, Whittaker managed to bounce back with wins over Darren Till and Jared Cannonier. What’s more, he was booked to face Paulo Costa on April 17; however, the Brazilian fell out.

Kelvin Gastelum stepped up in place of Costa, and now the two will finally fight after several failed booking attempts. The fight is a huge opportunity for Gastelum to jump in, swipe off the momentum Robert Whitaker built up. However, should ‘The Reaper’ get it done, it will be one of the most impressive three-fight runs in the UFC.

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The only caveat that comes in is that Adesanya isn’t particularly keen to fight Robert Whittaker once again. He soundly defeated the Australian and hasn’t shown a great deal of anticipation in taking on the rematch. In fact, he’s called out Darren Till to be the next in line if he gets past Marvin ‘The Italian Dream’ Vettori.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: (L-R) Robert Whittaker of New Zealand punches Darren Till of England in their middleweight fight 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)

However, if Robert Whittaker goes out and beats Kelvin Gastelum, it will be impossible to deny his claim for a title shot. Moreover, Whittaker’s former championship-level history proves that he can make adjustments to win. The upcoming months will provide a lot of clarity on the middleweight title landscape.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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