Robert Whittaker Eyeing New Weight Class

The former UFC Middleweight champ, Robert Whittaker is inspecting a new challenge in the promotion as he considers a move to the light heavyweight division.

Whittaker (23-6, 9 KOs) is set to take on Marvin Vettori this weekend at UFC Paris. It’s the fight between the No. 2 and No. 3 middleweights in the world and will potentially determine the new No.1 contender for Israel Adesanya’s Middleweight crown.

Though both the concerned fighters have already suffered a loss at the hands of Adesanya, they are still focused to get another shot at the gold.

Whittaker has now lost twice to the ‘Last Stylebender’ and a win over Vettori on Saturday will again put him on the same path.

“I’ve been thinking about 205 a fair bit,” Whittaker said on Submission Radio.

“The problem is, I wouldn’t go to 205 to come back down to 185, just because I don’t want to go to 205 as a fat 185, right? [Laughs]. You see a lot of guys try that and they just get starched. And then they come back down. It doesn’t make sense.”

Whittaker is not new to these kinds of setbacks as the start to his UFC tenure wasn’t as smooth as he would have liked back then.

Initially, ‘The Reaper’ fought at 170 but immediately made move to middleweight where he enjoyed most of his career success.

And from there on, there was no looking back for Whittaker as he slowly made grounds for the ultimate prize, winning the UFC Middleweight title after George St-Pierre vacated the title, and prompted UFC to make Whittaker the undisputed champion back in 2017.

Whittaker is unsure whether the gamble to move to 205 will pay off or not. But one thing is for sure that once he climbs that stairway, there is no coming back.

“Once I make the decision to go up to 205, I’m there,” Whittaker said.

“That’ll be my division. I’d finish my career there, for better or worse. I’m doing really well at 185. Really well. I’m definitely one of the most dangerous men in the division.”

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