Robert Whittaker

The Reaper


Crushing loss to Dricus Du Plessis
July 8, 2023
Whittaker lost to Dricus Du Plessis via TKO (punches) at 2:23 of Round 1 at UFC 290 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
A truly shocking performance on multiple levels. Entering as a -350 favorite, Whittaker was fine for about four minutes before it all fell apart. He was thrown to the mat late in Round 1 and battered by some ground-and-pound from Du Plessis, including an elbow that cut him open above the eye. He seemed to be fully recovered early in Round 2 before getting stunned by a Du Plessis jab. "Bobby Knuckles" eventually found himself on the ground eating unanswered strikes along the fence before referee Marc Goddard stepped in. The company certainly wasn't rushing to book a third fight between Whittaker and current UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya, but they would have had no choice if Rob won this fight impressively. Instead, Whittaker finds himself in a disastrous position. It's his first loss to anyone other than Adesanya dating back to February 22, 2014.
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Added to UFC 290
April 21, 2023
Whittaker will fight Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 290 in Las Vegas on July 8, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Whittaker will partake in his first fight since September 2022 after his bout with Paulo Costa fell apart in Dec. The winner of his fight with Du Plessis will take on Israel Adesanya for the title later in 2023 in Sydney.
Costa fight falls apart
December 19, 2022
Whittaker will no longer fight Paulo Costa at UFC 284 on Feb. 11, Brett Okamoto of reports.
The UFC has not said why this fight fell apart after being agreed to in mid-October. Whittaker was coming off a strong showing against Marvin Vettori back in early September. Further details on Whittaker's next opponent should become more clear in the coming weeks.
Fighting at UFC 284
October 20, 2022
Whittaker will take on Paulo Costa at UFC 284 on Feb. 11, Damon Martin of reports.
Whittaker is coming off a strong showing on Sept. 3 when he defeated Marvin Vettori by unanimous decision. Whittaker will get to fight in his home country of Australia, holds a 13-2 record with the UFC and hopes to one day hold the UFC Middleweight Championship again.
Cruises past Marvin Vettori
September 3, 2022
Whittaker defeated Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Paris.
Competing at the highest level of mixed martial arts is not as easy as Whittaker makes it appear. Rob turned this into a rout following a razor-thin opening frame. He won virtually all of the striking exchanges between the two over the course of the final ten minutes, including landing a couple of vicious head kicks which would have put out any mere mortal on the spot. With the finish line in sight, Whittaker executed a beautiful takedown to close the show. Rob is now 13-2 dating back to February 2014. The issue for the Aussie is that the two setbacks have come to the man who currently holds the UFC Middleweight Championship, Israel Adesanya. Whittaker should be rooting for Alex Pereira when he and Adesanya meet for the title UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden this coming November.
Date for Vettori fight pushed back
May 18, 2022
Whittaker's scheduled middleweight matchup against Marvin Vettori is now being targeted for Sept. 3, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
The matchup was originally targeted for UFC 275 on June 11, but Whittaker was forced to withdraw due to an injury suffered in camp. It sounds like the UFC still wishes to make this matchup between top-3 middleweight contenders, however. Largely considered to be the best 185-pound fighter in the world outside of Israel Adesanya, oddsmakers had originally pegged Whittaker as roughly a (-225) favorite for the event.