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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!
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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