Vettori Reveals He Asked For Five-Round Fight Versus Robert Whittaker

UFC middleweight contender Marvin Vettori has revealed that he asked for his upcoming fight with Robert Whittaker to be contested over five rounds. The MMA leader is set to arrive on French soil for the first time in September, and it’s bringing with it some blockbuster names and matchups. While hometown heavyweight Ciryl Gane will…

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UFC middleweight contender Marvin Vettori has revealed that he asked for his upcoming fight with Robert Whittaker to be contested over five rounds.

The MMA leader is set to arrive on French soil for the first time in September, and it’s bringing with it some blockbuster names and matchups. While hometown heavyweight Ciryl Gane will be attracting much of the shine from his fellow Parisians come fight night as he takes on the always-entertaining Tai Tuivasa, the co-main event is set to be just as, if not more, exciting.

Following the postponement of their originally-scheduled fight at UFC 275 in Singapore, top-five middleweights Vettori and Whittaker have had their boarding passes adjusted to a different continent, with the pair set to collide in Paris on September 3.

The co-main event slot will be a rare occasion for both men. While the Italian has featured in main events across his last four appearances, all of which went the five-round distance, the Australian has fought 25 minutes three times in his last four bouts, the outlier being a three-round victory over Jared Cannonier.

And although the pair are set to go for three rounds at UFC Paris, Vettori seemingly attempted to change that.

During a recent interview with MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn, “The Italian Dream” revealed his preference for five-round contests and noted that he’d asked to have his crucial clash with Whittaker extended.

“I was asking for five rounds. I was asking for five rounds even though it’s a co-main event,” Vettori said. “I didn’t hear anything back, but I wanted a five-rounder, just because I feel like in five-round (fights), the skill comes out more. There’s more time to study, there’s more time to get a feel of your opponent.

“With three rounds, it’s more like — in three rounds, you can get away with way more mistakes, and maybe like, still make it to the end. So, it is what it is. (I’m a) great fighter no matter the circumstances, no matter the ruleset,” Vettori added. “You need to be able to adjust. So, I’ll be adjusting and coming out victorious.”

Vettori Sees Himself As The UFC Paris Main Event

Vettori’s attempts to secure another 25-minute showcase is perhaps unsurprising given how he’s viewing his matchup with former champ Whittaker, who is widely regarded as the clear second-best in the division.

Given Italy’s close proximity to France, as well as the fact that Vettori will be making his first appearance in Europe under the UFC banner, it’s understandable that the #3-ranked contender will enjoy sizable support come September 3.

With that in mind, the 28-year-old admitted that he’s entering the contest with a main-event mindset.

“It’s my first time (fighting on a European UFC card),” Vettori said. “Just myself, people almost bought a thousand tickets, people that I know that bought tickets, so just my people, people that I’m bringing, is probably about a thousand people. And then all the other supporters from all over the world, they text me every day.

“I really feel like I am the main event. I wanted to be the main event,” Vettori continued. “I think I am the main event. But, you know, Tuivasa and Ciryl Gane is a great fight, too.”

Who do you think will have their hand raised at UFC Paris, Marvin Vettori or Robert Whittaker?

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Adesanya Advises Whittaker What To Do Next With His MMA Career

Israel Adesanya is giving some advice to an old foe. The UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has firmly cemented his place at the top of a very stacked division. The only loss of Adesnaya’s professional MMA career so far has come when he tried to make a move to light heavyweight. Making a jump up…

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Israel Adesanya is giving some advice to an old foe.

The UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has firmly cemented his place at the top of a very stacked division. The only loss of Adesnaya’s professional MMA career so far has come when he tried to make a move to light heavyweight. Making a jump up in weight classes can be difficult for some, but Adesanya thinks it could be the way to go for one of his former opponents, Robert Whittaker.

Adesanya holds two wins over Whittaker at 185 pounds. The first was back in October of 2019 when he took the middleweight title from him. The next was more recently, in February. The UFC often likes the idea of having fighters face each other three times if the interest is there from fans and the fighters, but Adesanya doesn’t seem so interested.

“Bobby, he’s a great fighter, I’ll give it to him, he’s a great fighter. But I know how that book ends. I’ve read that book twice already. First time was a quick read, second time was little bit longer,” Adesanya said at a UFC 276 press conference. “I mean, he’s probably going to be at the top for a while, but if we fight again, I know how that book ends. So, that’s why I’m excited about this next fight, new blood, someone I’ve never fought.”

Adesnaya’s next bout is set for July 2 against Jared Cannonier. This will be his fifth title defense and his first time headlining an International Fight Week event. As for Whittaker, he is set to take on Marvin Vettori in Paris in September. That bout is at middleweight, despite Adesanaya thinking a jump up could be beneficial.

“If he wants to, he should go up to 205, see what that’s about, maybe try there for a little bit. But yeah, I’ve read that book already, and I don’t like reading the same book over and over again.”

Do you see Robert Whittaker getting another shot at the middleweight title or do you believe a move to light heavyweight is better for him?

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Adesanya Advises Whittaker What To Do Next With His MMA Career

Israel Adesanya is giving some advice to an old foe. The UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has firmly cemented his place at the top of a very stacked division. The only loss of Adesnaya’s professional MMA career so far has come when he tried to make a move to light heavyweight. Making a jump up…

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Israel Adesanya is giving some advice to an old foe.

The UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has firmly cemented his place at the top of a very stacked division. The only loss of Adesnaya’s professional MMA career so far has come when he tried to make a move to light heavyweight. Making a jump up in weight classes can be difficult for some, but Adesanya thinks it could be the way to go for one of his former opponents, Robert Whittaker.

Adesanya holds two wins over Whittaker at 185 pounds. The first was back in October of 2019 when he took the middleweight title from him. The next was more recently, in February. The UFC often likes the idea of having fighters face each other three times if the interest is there from fans and the fighters, but Adesanya doesn’t seem so interested.

“Bobby, he’s a great fighter, I’ll give it to him, he’s a great fighter. But I know how that book ends. I’ve read that book twice already. First time was a quick read, second time was little bit longer,” Adesanya said at a UFC 276 press conference. “I mean, he’s probably going to be at the top for a while, but if we fight again, I know how that book ends. So, that’s why I’m excited about this next fight, new blood, someone I’ve never fought.”

Adesnaya’s next bout is set for July 2 against Jared Cannonier. This will be his fifth title defense and his first time headlining an International Fight Week event. As for Whittaker, he is set to take on Marvin Vettori in Paris in September. That bout is at middleweight, despite Adesanaya thinking a jump up could be beneficial.

“If he wants to, he should go up to 205, see what that’s about, maybe try there for a little bit. But yeah, I’ve read that book already, and I don’t like reading the same book over and over again.”

Do you see Robert Whittaker getting another shot at the middleweight title or do you believe a move to light heavyweight is better for him?

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Robert Whittaker Assesses “Tricky” Potential Fight With Khamzat Chimaev

UFC middleweight contender Robert Whittaker has pondered a potential fight with rising star Khamzat Chimaev down the line. While Whittaker, a former champion at 185 pounds, has been a mainstay in the Octagon since 2012, Chimaev only debuted in 2020. But despite a short stay on MMA’s biggest stage, “Borz” has already cemented himself as…

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UFC middleweight contender Robert Whittaker has pondered a potential fight with rising star Khamzat Chimaev down the line.

While Whittaker, a former champion at 185 pounds, has been a mainstay in the Octagon since 2012, Chimaev only debuted in 2020. But despite a short stay on MMA’s biggest stage, “Borz” has already cemented himself as a welterweight title contender and one of the fastest-developing stars in the promotion.

Having established his name with a pair of dominant performances against John Phillips and Rhys McKee, as well as a 17-second Knockout win against Gerald Meerschaert at middleweight, Chimaev’s surge to the top picked up last October with success against ranked 170lber Li Jingliang.

After entering the top 15, Chimaev was granted the toughest test of his career to date against former title challenger Gilbert Burns. In a UFC 273 contest that will undoubtedly be present in Fight of the Year discussions come the end of 2022, the Chechen-born Swede secured a narrow decision win on the scorecards.

Having leapt into the welterweight top five, Chimaev has his sights set on champion Kamaru Usman. But the up-and-comer’s title aspirations don’t stop there.

Chimaev, who has shown his ability to compete at middleweight, both in the UFC and prior to joining the promotion, is hoping to secure champ-champ status inside the Octagon. To accomplish that, he may well have to go through Robert Whittaker.

Whittaker: Chimaev Is A “Tough Guy”

Despite suffering two defeats to reigning titleholder Israel Adesanya, “The Reaper” has firmly established himself as the second-best man in the division. And given how close his rematch with “The Last Stylebender” was earlier this year, it stands to reason that a victory over Marvin Vettori later this year could set him up for a trilogy with Adesanya sooner rather than later.

If things go to plan for the Australian, he’ll be sitting on the top step of the division by the time Chimaev looks to challenge for the gold. And while facing “Borz” looks to be a daunting task for anybody, Whittaker believes that his past experiences against elite and powerful wrestlers would come in handy if they were to share the cage.

“It would be tricky. Like, I’d have to be firing those kicks down the middle like you would not believe,” said Whittaker during a UFC fan Q&A in Singapore last week. “I don’t think my right foot would touch the mat, you know? He’s a tough guy. I’ve fought wrestlers before though. I’ve fought Yoel Romero, he’s a silver medalist. Granted, he’s not (got) that type of grappling game, but I guess that’s something I really haven’t thought about. I’d have to try and digest when we get there.”

For now, both men have their sights set elsewhere. While Whittaker is preparing for his re-arranged clash with “The Italian Dream” in Paris later this year, Chimaev is seemingly open to whoever, having expressed interest in facing lower-ranked contender Belal Muhammad and the unranked fan favorite Nate Diaz.

Nevertheless, it certainly isn’t far-fetched to imagine that the pair’s paths may cross down the line.

How do you think a fight between Robert Whittaker and Khamzat Chimaev would play out?

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Robert Whittaker: I Am The Best Middleweight In The World

Regardless of who’s currently holding the UFC belt, Robert Whittaker has no doubts about who the top middleweight in the world is. The former champion spoke to Australian media outlet The Sydney Morning Herald and discussed upcoming opponent Marvin Vettori, as well as where Whittaker currently sees himself in the division. Speaking about his matchup…

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Regardless of who’s currently holding the UFC belt, Robert Whittaker has no doubts about who the top middleweight in the world is.

The former champion spoke to Australian media outlet The Sydney Morning Herald and discussed upcoming opponent Marvin Vettori, as well as where Whittaker currently sees himself in the division.

Speaking about his matchup with Vettori, “The Reaper” cited their shared history with champion Israel Adesanya as a point of respect.

“Me and him, we’re in the same boat because we’ve both only lost to the same character,” Whittaker said. “I have to respect him. In saying that, I can honestly say I do believe I am the best middleweight in the world and I can trump Vettori in every field he wants.”

Whittaker and Vettori were scheduled to meet at UFC 275 before Whittaker pulled out with an injury. The two are now set to fight at UFC Fight Night London in September, where “The Reaper” will look to rebound from losing a second fight against Adesanya last February.

Whittaker came up short in his bid to regain the middleweight title at UFC 271.

Considering the 31-year-old was knocked out in their initial 2019 meeting, going the distance with Adesanya in the rematch could be viewed as an improvement. Whittaker certainly feels he came out of that fight stronger, despite losing the decision.

“I’ve learnt a great deal from the last fight and since then. There are so many psychological advancements since that fight, just because of the way the first fight between him and I went, and the way the second fight went down.”

Since moving up from welterweight in 2014, Whittaker has beaten every opponent he’s faced aside from Adesanya. “The Reaper” isn’t looking past Vettori, but he’s eager to take what he learned from his first two meetings with Adesanya into a potential third fight.

“There was a fair amount of changes [in the approach to the second fight]. The most impact it will have is in the next fight, because it will be a culmination of the first and second fight. I do believe the last fight took me to another level, mentally more than anything else, and that’s why I confidently say that I am the best middleweight in the world.”

What do you think of Whittaker’s comments? Is the former champion still the best middleweight in the world?

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Robert Whittaker Talks Fighting Khamzat Chimaev: “It Would Be Tricky, I Would Be Firing Those Kicks Down the Middle”

Robert WhittakerAhead of UFC 275 in Singapore, Robert Whittaker answered a handful of questions from fans as he appeared on stage as a guest fighter, alongside former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan B?achowicz. One intrigued fan directed a question at Robert Whittaker, asking how he believes a fight would play out between himself and Khamzat Chimaev […]

Robert Whittaker

Ahead of UFC 275 in Singapore, Robert Whittaker answered a handful of questions from fans as he appeared on stage as a guest fighter, alongside former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan B?achowicz.

One intrigued fan directed a question at Robert Whittaker, asking how he believes a fight would play out between himself and Khamzat Chimaev after watching Chimaev and Gilbert Burns put on a fight of the year frontrunner.

Robert Whittaker Talks Khamzat Chimaev Fight

The former middleweight champion greeted the question with a laugh, before answering:

“It would be tricky. I would be firing those kicks down the middle like you would not believe. I do not think my right foot would touch the mat. He’s a tough guy. I’ve fought wrestlers before, though; I fought Yoel Romero. He’s a silver medallist, granted, he’s not that sort of type of grappling game, but I guess that’s something really haven’t thought about and have to try and digest when we get their sort of thing.”

It’s not the first time Whittaker has been forced to talk about the rising star that is Chimaev. After Chimaev earned a hard-fought decision against Burns at UFC 273, Whittaker had some words of advice in regards to the damage Chimaev absorbed.

“There are bigger guys. You can’t get away with certain things. You can’t take those shots Burns delivered on him as a middleweight.” Whittaker said.

For now, Whittaker and Chimaev are separated by one weight class. Still, the idea of the two colliding doesn’t seem a million miles away due to Chimaev’s goal of becoming both welterweight and middleweight champion.

Whittaker is set to face Marvin Vettori in the co-main event of the UFC’s first event in Paris, France, after failing to defeat middleweight Israel Adesanya for the second time. Vettori finds himself in the same position. A loss for either man would cause a major setback in both fighters’ title aspirations.

Chimaev is yet to have his next move confirmed. However, has verbally agreed on Twitter to face Belal Muhammad at the UFC’s next Abu Dhabi event on Oct.22.

Do you think a fight between Robert Whittaker and Chimaev will ever materialize?