UFC 254: Robert Whittaker Feels He’s Better Than Jared Cannonier Across The Board
Former UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker thinks he’s an all-around better fighter than Jared Cannonier.
Whittaker and Cannonier are set to go one-on-one in the co-main event of UFC 254 this Saturday, October 24. The action will be held inside the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Headlining that card will be a lightweight title unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.
During a media scrum ahead of fight night, Whittaker said he feels he’ll be able to get past Cannonier (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“Jared, right now, has the highest threat level of anyone because he’s the dude I have to fight. I have had hard fights and I expect a very hard fight in Jared, Jared’s a very hard dude. I’m not sleeping on his skill set, I’m not sleeping on his power. He can beat me. I could lose. But I don’t think I will.”
Whittaker did give Cannonier his due for being a tough out for anyone. With that said, “The Reaper” believes he’s the better fighter overall.
“He’s very tough, he’s very powerful, he has knockout power, and he’s resilient, he never goes away. But honestly, I just think I’m better across the board. I think I can take this fight wherever I want it to go. I can lead this dance. I think I can sting him, I can knock him out. I can do anything I want and I have 15 minutes to do that, which is better than 25, so I’m looking forward to it.”
In his last outing, Whittaker defeated Darren Till via unanimous decision. It was a solid win for “The Reaper,” who was coming off a second-round TKO loss to Israel Adesanya.
Cannonier is on a three-fight winning streak. In that span, he has beaten Jack Hermansson, David Branch, and Anderson Silva. All of those victories came by way of TKO.