Robert Whittaker: I Can Beat Yoel Romero At UFC 213, But Can’t Fill Mark Hunt’s Shoes

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MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant was at the UFC 213 media day in Los Angeles where she caught up with UFC Middleweight Robert Whittaker in advance of his Interim Title fight with Yoel Romero. Robert talks about maturing as a fighter, how he prepared for Yoel’s Olympic-level wrestling and whether or not he believes he can carry the flame for Australian and New Zealand-based fighters once the legend Mark Hunt retires.

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331 Comments on "Robert Whittaker: I Can Beat Yoel Romero At UFC 213, But Can’t Fill Mark Hunt’s Shoes"

  1. I would definitely fancy Whittaker in a 5 round fight against Yoel. I think Romero might control the first two rounds with his wrestling. If Whittaker can survive the early storm I see him taking over in the second half of the fight.

  2. I would definitely fancy Whittaker in a 5 round fight against Yoel. I think Romero might control the first two rounds with his wrestling. If Whittaker can survive the early storm I see him taking over in the second half of the fight.

  3. Robert will have a hard time against the extreme steroid freakin Cuban. It's amazing how Cubans all look ROIDED to the teeth all the time. I assume being juiced to the eyeballs is normal in Cuba.

  4. Seeing all these fighters…… Bisping is the last person you would expect to see as a champ…. Anyway dude has worked hard for the belt…… Really wish bisping was brave enough like he was

    Interim titles, money fights, rebok deal….. Oh god!!!!!!! .. Really miss the good old days

    • +Lumberjack Agies I agree that Robert is a hard working fighter. But just so you know, my friend Michael Bisping has put a helluva lot of effort into his UFC career and has absolutely earned his title. Also, his knee really is messed up right now. I know he'd love to be inside the octagon just as much (if not more) than you want to see him there, taking on all the rightful challengers! (As well as GSP!)

  5. Seeing all these fighters…… Bisping is the last person you would expect to see as a champ…. Anyway dude has worked hard for the belt…… Really wish bisping was brave enough like he was

    Interim titles, money fights, rebok deal….. Oh god!!!!!!! .. Really miss the good old days

    • Gabe Beasley thing is he will be even if he doesn't…the whole middle weight top ten is 5+ years older than rob. Rob is light years ahead of his generation…the last generation are still showing the new guys how it's done…but it can't last forever. When they retire rob is so clearly ahead of the pack it's ridiculous

  6. Robert Whittaker is such a laid back Aussie dude…seriously his attitude and speech pattens…freaks me out…its just spot on Aussie… crap I'm fan boying..DOH….How Robbie describes how he going to fight Romero is spot on ..and that's how I think he will win this fight..

  7. Robert Whittaker is such a laid back Aussie dude…seriously his attitude and speech pattens…freaks me out…its just spot on Aussie… crap I'm fan boying..DOH….How Robbie describes how he going to fight Romero is spot on ..and that's how I think he will win this fight..

  8. yoel romero wins by decision because of his wrestling. robert will be not that aggressive and romero is smart how to win rounds and he is smart with his energy . the fight will be boring in the beggining but later romero will score takedowns and win the fight

  9. yoel romero wins by decision because of his wrestling. robert will be not that aggressive and romero is smart how to win rounds and he is smart with his energy . the fight will be boring in the beggining but later romero will score takedowns and win the fight

  10. there is levels to this game robert whittaker in my opinion is one of the best strikers in 185 if not the best his hands is fuckin fast and his accuracy and combo setups are second to non but joel romero we are talking about a different ball game for any one in 185 joel is a freak i don't think its a good move for whittaker's career to take on romero yet he should have beat some more top guys before fighting romero

  11. there is levels to this game robert whittaker in my opinion is one of the best strikers in 185 if not the best his hands is fuckin fast and his accuracy and combo setups are second to non but joel romero we are talking about a different ball game for any one in 185 joel is a freak i don't think its a good move for whittaker's career to take on romero yet he should have beat some more top guys before fighting romero

  12. Huge respect to this hard working humble young but mature man.Remeber him fighting vs Hester,and i 'm since then alwaysrouting for him.Against Souza he suprized the whole world,not me.Problem is Yoel is another fighter reaching top of division since day 1.Such a beast,and entertaining fights ,MY PICK: YOEL…RObert has future ahead of him,still very young.Yoel champion 1-2 defences then retiring.It was a nice journey…

    • I reckon if you were to compare Irish – American – Aussie, culture wise the Irish would be the loudest n outspoken, the Aussies would the quitest, and the US is such a vast and populated place they could be anything in between. These are generalisations of course, but big-noting yourself is something that is discouraged in AUS n NZ.

  13. women are so use to taking selfies that they completely forget that every phone has a camera on the back aswell, she can just put the camera at him instead of awkwardly holding it in front of him. karyn bryant is great but ill let this slide

  14. J J

    Mark Hunt is an icon as Whittaker said. He's his own man just like Whittaker. Robbie Reaper just so humble, will make a great champ at the end of the year. If Bisping pulls out with an injury again they should strip him and give it to the interim, because thats the way its going

  15. J J

    Mark Hunt is an icon as Whittaker said. He's his own man just like Whittaker. Robbie Reaper just so humble, will make a great champ at the end of the year. If Bisping pulls out with an injury again they should strip him and give it to the interim, because thats the way its going

    • Cream Sinatra I remember when it was Colton smith that was going to murder him lol….I remember when Brad Tavares was going to kill him..I remember when Uriah hall was just too big a jump in competition and Rob wouldn't handle it…I remember when Brunson was gonna Ko him in one round…I remember when jacare was gonna sub him in one round. When you make bold predictions against him rob will make you look stupid. He defends 94% of takedowns and Yoel can't stand with him.. Where exactly does Yoel win this fight? It's time to believe

  16. Funnily enough regarding filling Mark hunts shoes, Roberts got Samoan roots on his Kiwi mums side who is of Maori descent. Great thing about Robert and Mark is they bring the Aussies and Kiwis together, who are historically bitter rivals especially on the sporting front. All the best to The Reaper!

  17. Funnily enough regarding filling Mark hunts shoes, Roberts got Samoan roots on his Kiwi mums side who is of Maori descent. Great thing about Robert and Mark is they bring the Aussies and Kiwis together, who are historically bitter rivals especially on the sporting front. All the best to The Reaper!

    • Mate, I'm Sri Lankan.. imagine how difficult it is for me to make pro-Aussie comments in general (doesn't apply to NZ, I've always loved your country..) But yeah, I live here now and I love the fight culture.. the shows.. everything here.. it made me realize how important wrestling and muay thai are for my life..

    • MPMC, He is repping both his countries mate. the one he hails from or descends from and the one he calls home. both Aussie and NZ are very multicultural nations (nz moreso), and although there is still a bit of racism here or there, down under is paradise and mostly friendly and we have good schools and healthcare and governments and fairly low crime rates. defs one of the best places to live period. the racism is the last hurdle to get across as a nation/people and it will happen its just taking a bit too long for proud humans to understand they are the ones who need to change, and i am a white european saying this. We also dont have homeless littering our streets anywhere near as bad as other countries, shit man look at US and how many SOLDIERS that fight for their country for a decade, are living on the streets as a homeless bum. i mean it go look it up.. how many kids and adults are without food and school and health, and thats supposed to be a developed 1st world country.
      Also sri lanka and aussie have cricket (its another sport) rivalry that you may not be aware of, bit of an inside joke man which im guessing is what he is referring to as is why its hard to rep aussie.
      Here is a link to the australian government website showing clear intent to help srilanka and this year marks 70 years of being diplomatic allies. http://dfat.gov.au/geo/sri-lanka/pages/sri-lanka-country-brief.asp

    • @Robert
      All I'm saying is tainted supplement defense is no joke and I've briefly explained why. Romero (or any other fighter) may well knowingly used/using PEDs but whether in real life or online, I'm just not the type of person to just accuse someone of something as if it's 100% factual when it isn't. Other ppl can do that but it's just not me. Again, the point I was trying to make to @Bob Lavey up there was about the "tainted supplement" defense, not about Romero being a steroid user or not. Who knows, he might find a way to beat USADA testing (or not) but tainted supplements defense is extremely likely valid. It's not as simple as some might think. Far from it

    • Yoel bends the rules every fight. He may be that specimen that at 40 is ripped. We will see as Im sure the testing will be there. He get's tired every fight, throws water all over himself, and delays coming out. Take him deep, and his fast twitch muscle, no endurance is there to take

    • Bo Mal Patriote it's not racism it's dna and genetics. have you even seen hid dad he's obese thats fact. all im saying is his maori genes are dominant (just look at him) and if they weren't he'd look like his dad o.k so just calm down no ones racist here.

    • J J its not accurate though far from it. there might be only a couple million Polynesian but in that amount there are several several cultures and each very different. Hawaiian, maori, samoan, tongan, niue, fiji, raro, tokelau, tuvalu, moriori, etc etc the list goes on. i understand what your saying with the irish example but you can't compare its very different.

    • J J

      Its not far from accurate, they asked what he is and he is Polynesian – thats 100% correct. Its like asking what a Chinese looking guy is and he can simply respond Asian. Theres no reason to get technical here, esp seeing as you've probably never been to university.

    • J J lol calling someone a Polynesian isnt accurate especially if the man himself said he identifies himself as "Australian and maori" nothing else. you can call a maori a Polynesian but you can't call a Polynesian a maori, they're different. just take the L like a man (or a boy? what ever you are) XD

    • J J

      "you can call a maori a Polynesian" and that's exactly what i did you idiot, just like Chinese are Asians but Asians arent Chinese zzzzzzz and Whittaker is not just Maori and Aussie dumb azz. He is also SAMOAN, who are, you guessed it, POLY fkn NESIAN. Now take your L for loser and be on your way boy xD

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