UFC Champ Robert Whittaker Talks TUF 28, Almost Quitting MMA, Overweight Opponents, Gastelum + GSP

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UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker spoke to MMA H.E.A.T. at Hinoki & The Bird in Century City.  Robert talks about coaching The Ultimate Fighter 28: Heavyhitters against future opponent Kelvin Gastelum, how he feels about fighters who don’t make weight and why he almost quit MMA. Robert also talks about fighting GSP, the idea of “back-up” fighters in for title fights and more!

UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker
UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker

Robert John Whittaker (born 20 December 1990) is an Australian professional mixed martial artist fighting out of Menai, Sydney. He is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and is the current middleweight champion. A professional MMA competitor since 2009, Whittaker was a contestant on the first series of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes and won the welterweight tournament. Whittaker became interim middleweight champion after winning the title at UFC 213; he was promoted to undisputed champion after Georges St-Pierre vacated the UFC Middleweight Championship in 2017 due to illness. As of 6 August 2018, he is #10 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.

The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters (TUF 28) season tournament finale will take place on November 30, 2018 inside the Pearl Theatre at Palms Casino Resort, airing on FOX Sports 1. The season features women’s featherweights and men’s heavyweights divisions

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14 Comments on "UFC Champ Robert Whittaker Talks TUF 28, Almost Quitting MMA, Overweight Opponents, Gastelum + GSP"

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  2. Karyn!! Brendan shaub seriously bugs the shit out of me. He has the speech impediment of a 15 year old oozing out of a 30 year olds mouth. Yourself.. DC. And Kenny always kills it. And rashad too. Brendan ruins everything. Joe is the grandpa that got grandfathered in. And bisping always like. “Hey buddy, I got the upmost respect for you. But seriously you fucking suck and need to work on xyz.” Always starts as a “compliment”. Done ranting

  3. Yea I wouldnt be crazy about that idea, about a back up fighter. You need to be focused on one guy/girl at a time. You cant train for two different styles at one and be on top of your game. Somebody like Khabib only fights one way. So he is going to train the exact same way, every single time. One camp is no different than the next. And some guys are just crazy but I tend to agree w Robert there. I like Robert. As a person as well as a fighter. Hes a bad ass 100%.

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