Robert Whittaker
The Reaper

Australia

Cruises to win, title rematch next?
MiddleweightUFC
April 17, 2021
Whittaker defeated Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Gastelum is really, really good and Whittaker blew past him like he wasn't even there. It was a masterful performance from the former champion in all aspects. He landed the harder, more effective shots throughout the course of the fight and mixed in a few shockingly easy takedowns for good measure. Rob did an excellent job of using Kelvin's aggressiveness against him, constantly cracking him off of his back foot. It's going to be difficult to deny Whittaker a rematch against Israel Adesanya after this effort. Robert has won three straight unanimous decisions (Gastelum, Darren Till, Jared Cannonier) since dropping his belt to Israel back in October 2019. Whittaker looked off in that fight from the very start. It's his only poor performance in nearly seven years. He's 12-1 in his past 13 fights and is firmly cemented as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world even though he isn't currently holding a belt. Whittaker is still just 30 years old. He'll also earn an extra $50,000 for this Fight of the Night-winning bout.
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Gets new opponent in Gastelum
MiddleweightUFC
March 16, 2021
Whittaker is set to fight Kelvin Gastelum at the UFC's April 17 event after his original opponent, Paulo Costa, had to withdraw as he's dealing with a severe case of the flu, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Whittaker and Gastelum were supposed to meet for the Middleweight Belt back in February of 2019 but it never came to fruition after Whittaker had to withdraw because of a hernia in his abdomen. The two won't be partaking in a title fight but will they will be headlining the event on April 17. The 30-year-old hasn't entered the Octagon since he defeated Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision in October and is hoping to be one step closer to a title fight against Israel Adesanya with a win over Gastelum.
Won't fight Paulo Costa in April
MiddleweightUFC
March 16, 2021
Whittaker's scheduled middleweight fight with Paulo Costa (13-1-0) at the UFC's April 17 event has been called off after Costa withdrew Tuesday due to an illness, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Costa has recently been dealing with a severe case of the flu, which has affected his ability to train ahead of the fight. As a result, Costa decided it was in his best interest to take some additional time off, leaving Whittaker without an opponent for the April 17 event. If the UFC can't find a replacement to match up with Whittaker, the 30-year-old and Costa could elect to rebook their fight for the promotion's May 1 or May 8 events, assuming Costa has made a full recovery by that point.
To fight Costa
MiddleweightUFC
January 25, 2021
Whittaker is expected to headline an April 17 event against Paulo Costa, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While a date for this fight has been set, the UFC has yet to publicly announce a location. Wittaker lost the middleweight title to Israel Adesanya in October of 2019, but has managed to turn things around since with wins over Darren Till and Jared Cannonier. His opponent, Costa, has not fought since an unsuccessful title challenge versus the afforementioned Adesanya.
Excels again, title shot next?
MiddleweightUFC
October 24, 2020
Whittaker defeated Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 254 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It was another stellar effort by Whittaker and one that should result in him facing Israel Adesanya in a rematch for the UFC Middleweight Championship. Whittaker absorbed far too many leg kicks in this fight (22 total), but other than that, his entire arsenal was on full display. "Bobby Knuckles" has exceptionally fast hands and makes a point to pound both the head and body. Whittaker -- who is uber-aggressive by nature -- has a great understanding of when to sit back and when to push the pace. He's also tough as nails in the rare instances in which he appears to be in significant trouble. It's an extremely attractive all-around package, and it's difficult to believe Whittaker is still just 29 years of age. Expect Whittaker to compete for the title at some point in the next 12 months.
Fight with Cannonier back on
MiddleweightUFC
August 1, 2020
UFC President Dana White announced Friday that Whittaker will square off against Jared Cannonier in a middleweight fight at UFC 254 on Oct. 24, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Whittaker was supposed to meet Cannonier in the Octagon back at UFC 248 in March, but he had to withdraw due to an undisclosed personal matter. The Aussie native will now face a quick turnaround after he just defeated Darren Till via unanimous decision last Saturday at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. The winner of the Whittaker-Cannonier fight will likely be the next man up to face off against Israel Adesanya for the middleweight belt.