Robert Whittaker
The Reaper

Australia

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.
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Bounces back with strong effort
MiddleweightUFC
July 25, 2020
Whittaker defeated Darren Till via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Fighting for the first time since dropping his UFC MIddleweight Championship to Israel Adesanya last October, Whittaker looked excellent. It took him the better part of a round to find his range, but Whittaker was in full control once he did. "The Reaper" made a concerted effort to pound away at the legs of Till, and it turned the tide of the fight. The vicious leg strikes left Till unable to generate any power with his lower half, and Whittaker proceeded to pick him apart. Whittaker is a complete mixed martial artist. He has power, is an underrated wrestler and is tough as nails. He's also good defensively. Till has made some pretty good opponents look foolish inside the Octagon, and Whittaker shut him down. The Aussie is firmly in title contention at 185 pounds, and it's well within the realm of possibility he could be next in line for the winner of the upcoming Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa fight.
Set to face Till
MiddleweightUFC
May 28, 2020
Whittaker is expected to fight Darren Till in a middleweight matchup July 25, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Whittaker's most recent action came in the form of withdrawing from UFC 248 due to undisclosed personal reasons, but the former champion now looks ready to fight again. If the UFC does indeed officially book the matchup, Whittaker will be at a disadvantage in terms of both height (two inches) and reach (one inch) in the battle of former welterweights. Given both are internationally-based fighters, it appears as if this event could very well represent the opening of the UFC's "Fight Island."
Withdraws from UFC 248
MiddleweightUFC
January 15, 2020
Whittaker won't fight at UFC 248 for undisclosed personal reasons, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Whittaker was slated to take on Jared Cannonier at UFC 248 in March, but he'll withdraw for an undisclosed reason. It's unclear when Whittaker will be ready to fight again. The promotion is attempting to find a replacement to face Cannonier at the event.
To face streaking Cannonier
MiddleweightUFC
December 20, 2019
Whittaker will take on Jared Cannonier in a middleweight matchup at UFC 248 on March 8 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Whittaker last made the walk to the Octagon in October with the belt on the line, but he was stopped by Israel Adesanya in the second round. A rematch with Adesanya could very will be on the horizon, but he'll have to get past Cannonier first, who has rattled off three consecutive stoppage victories in the middleweight division. Whittaker has a slight height advantage, but will concede four inches in reach to the streaking Cannonier. He also throws and lands with much higher volume, though Cannonier is a bit more accurate with his strikes and statistically has better stand-up defense. Neither tend to take the fight to the mat often, so look for this matchup to play out primarily on the feet.
Drops UFC gold to Israel Adesanya
MiddleweightUFC
October 5, 2019
Whittaker lost his UFC Middleweight Championship Saturday, falling to Israel Adesanya via KO (punches) at 3:33 of Round 2 at UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia.
ANALYSIS
Prior to Saturday, Whittaker's last lost came against Stephen Thompson at UFC 170 on February 22, 2014. In his first fight in 16 months, "Bobby Knuckles" looked out of sorts from the very start. He was throwing big looping shots as opposed to picking his spots and he stood in the pocket with Adesanya when he should have been focused on footwork and defending himself. Everything that made Whittaker successful over the past many years was nowhere to be found on Saturday. It's fair to wonder if all the time off played in role in his poor performance, but Adesanya whipped him without issue and Whittaker will be the last one to use Octagon rust as an excuse. Despite the fact he has been around for seemingly ever, Whittaker won't turn 29 years of age until December. Expect him to be involved in the title conversation at 185 pounds for the foreseeable future.