Who Are Robert Whittaker’s Coaches and Training Partners?

Published 04/13/2021, 2:35 PM 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)


Robert John Whittaker is one of the best MMA fighters out there. ‘The Reaper’ is a former UFC Middleweight champion and is all set to face Kelvin Gastelum on UFC Fight Night on April 18th.

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Whittaker has been one of the top performers of the UFC since 2012. The former champ has been performing at the highest of levels and has won his last 2 fights against Darren Till and Jared Cannonier, respectively.

Whittaker has suffered many setbacks in his career. The Australian fighter has suffered injuries and defeats, which were very hard to come back from. Through all his setbacks, there have been his coaches and training partners who have helped him get back up again.

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Therefore, before Whittaker faces Gastelum, we look at who are Whittaker’s coaches and training partners.

Who is Fabricio Itte, the man behind Robert Whittaker’s success?

Whittaker has had a plethora of cornermen and training partners during his decorated career. Many people have come and gone, but there is one who has always been there with the fighter.

Fabricio Itte first became Whittakers cornerman back in 2014. This was ‘The Reapers’ first fight in the 185-pounds division. Since then, the two men have been working together.

Itte is one of the main wrestling coaches of Whittaker and has helped Whittaker in becoming a great defensive wrestler.

Itte has a ton of experience as he has coached Australia’s Olympic Freestyle Wrestling team. ‘The Reaper’ has constantly heaped praise on Itte and has always given him credit for his improvement. Even other coaches of Whittaker have said that Itte is the one who has helped Whittaker the most.

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Another essential cog in the Whittaker machine is Alex Prates. Prates is a well-known Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach. He has been one of Whittakers coaches since 2017.

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Prates has a ton of experience with Jiu-Jitsu, but what makes him an important part of Whittaker’s team is his focus on MMA.

Prates and Itte are both some of the relatively smaller names in the combat sports community, they are not mainstream names and that is something that is common across all of his coaches. Justin Fitzgerald and Henry Perez earlier all were relatively unknown, and that seems to work for ‘The Reaper’.

Most teams and coaches try to teach their fighters what they think is right. However, Robert Whittaker’s team always does what is best for the fighter, and that makes them such an effective unit.

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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