Robert Whittaker Aiming For Quick Return Following UFC 243 Loss

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker does not intend on having a long layoff following his recent setback. Whittaker faced Israel Adesanya in a middleweight title unification fight in the main event of UFC 243 this past weekend. However, he was outclassed by “The Last Stylebender” who proceeded to knock him out in the second […]

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Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker does not intend on having a long layoff following his recent setback.

Whittaker faced Israel Adesanya in a middleweight title unification fight in the main event of UFC 243 this past weekend. However, he was outclassed by “The Last Stylebender” who proceeded to knock him out in the second round to become the new undisputed king at 185 pounds.

Luckily for Whittaker, he didn’t suffer any major injuries during the contest and is planning on returning to training soon once he’s medically clear. In fact, he’s targeting a return early next year:

“I’m not looking to take a long time off,” Whittaker said on his podcast (via MMA Junkie). “Obviously I have to give myself the appropriate amount of rest time for my brain, but I want to get back in there, and I want to just get back to work.

“If my health is all on point, on check, February, March next year. That’s not out of the ordinary. I think that would be good.”

As for the fight itself, Whittaker maintains he felt great going into it. He also didn’t feel he was getting out struck by Adesanya either:

“I felt great going in, I felt great walking out, I felt great in there,” Whittaker explained. “I felt great trading with him. I didn’t feel like I was getting out struck. I felt good, but he’s a great fighter.

His timing is on point, and I was trying to close that gap to get in there on him, and I got caught at the end of the first, which set the tone for the second. I got back to what I was doing, and I got caught in the second round, as well.”

Who do you think should face Whittaker next?

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Kelvin Gastelum Critical of Robert Whittaker’s Performance at UFC 243

Kelvin Gastelum watched UFC 243 and thinks that Robert Whittaker not only could have done better but also feels the former middleweight champ could be on the decline. After losing by second-round knock out to Israel Adesanya in Australia and losing the…

Kelvin Gastelum watched UFC 243 and thinks that Robert Whittaker not only could have done better but also feels the former middleweight champ could be on the decline. After losing by second-round knock out to Israel Adesanya in Australia and losing the title, Gastelum feels that when Whittaker was supposed to fight him back at […]

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Robert Whittaker Plans To Rebound Quickly After UFC 243 Loss

Robert Whittaker may have suffered his first defeat since 2014, but don’t expect him to wait for a rebound. In the main event of UFC 243, Whittaker and Israel Adesanya competed to determine the undisputed UFC middleweight champion. Whittaker was …

Robert Whittaker may have suffered his first defeat since 2014, but don’t expect him to wait for a rebound. In the main event of UFC 243, Whittaker and Israel Adesanya competed to determine the undisputed UFC middleweight champion. Whittaker was the 185-pound title holder going into the bout, while Adesanya held interim gold. In the […]

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Israel Adesanya Believes He’ll Meet Robert Whittaker Again Some Day

Israel Adesanya wouldn’t be surprised if he faces Robert Whittaker in a rematch down the line. This past Saturday night (Oct. 5), Adesanya went one-on-one with Whittaker for the undisputed UFC middleweight championship. Adesanya went into the bou…

Israel Adesanya wouldn’t be surprised if he faces Robert Whittaker in a rematch down the line. This past Saturday night (Oct. 5), Adesanya went one-on-one with Whittaker for the undisputed UFC middleweight championship. Adesanya went into the bout as the interim title holder, while Whittaker was recognized as the 185-pound ruler. Adesanya left no doubt […]

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Joe Rogan Praises Robert Whittaker After UFC 243 KO Loss

Things didn’t go according to plan for Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 over the weekend. Whittaker put his undisputed UFC middleweight title up for grabs against Israel Adesanya’s interim title. The pair headlined the biggest fight in Australian history, and the highest-attended fight in UFC history. However, it was clearly Adesanya’s night, who outclassed Whittaker […]

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Things didn’t go according to plan for Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 over the weekend. Whittaker put his undisputed UFC middleweight title up for grabs against Israel Adesanya’s interim title.

The pair headlined the biggest fight in Australian history, and the highest-attended fight in UFC history. However, it was clearly Adesanya’s night, who outclassed Whittaker on the feet, knocking him out in the second round to put a bow on a masterful performance. It marked Whittaker’s first defeat at 185 pounds and the beginning of Adesanya’s reign as champion.

Taking to Instagram, longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan praised Whittaker for his handling of the loss. Rogan called Whittaker a “master class in humility and composure.” Here’s what he had to say.

“This is a master class in humility and composure. @robwhittakermma put it all on the line and came up short, but his response to the loss shows what kind of a man he is. Still absolutely one of the best fighters on earth, and handled the loss as well as anyone ever has. RESPECT!”

As for what’s next for the champion, Adesanya is likely to make his first title defense against Paulo Costa, who was in attendance for the show. A possible superfight with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has also been discussed as a possibility.

What did you make of Whittaker’s handling of his loss to Adesanya this past weekend?

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Robert Whittaker Sends Message To Fans Following Defeat To Israel Adesanya

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker continues to take his defeat with grace. Whittaker lost his title following a second-round TKO defeat to Israel Adesanya in the UFC 243 headliner last night in Melbourne. After the fight, Whittaker offered no excuses and didn’t even demand a rematch — instead, he said he would be back […]

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Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker continues to take his defeat with grace.

Whittaker lost his title following a second-round TKO defeat to Israel Adesanya in the UFC 243 headliner last night in Melbourne. After the fight, Whittaker offered no excuses and didn’t even demand a rematch — instead, he said he would be back and meet Adesanya after a fight or two.

He would then send a message to all his fans around the world in a Twitter post:

“I just want to say thank you for all the love and support I have felt from everybody, it honestly makes me love what I do,” Whittaker wrote as the caption. “Tonight just wasn’t my night, it happens but I’ll just come back stronger. I always do.”

“Thanks to the fans for tuning in,” he added in a video. “I’m a little disappointed to say the least. It is what it is. Two of the best fighters in the world went in there, butted heads and I got clipped. Honestly, I’m disappointed but it’s not the end of the world. I’m not going anywhere. I’m one of the best fighters in the world. This is where I belong. I felt good, I felt strong, I felt great.

…’Could you have done anything different?’ No. Tonight, I went out there and I did it like that. Sometimes you lose and it happens and it’s sh*t. It’s not just in fighting, it’s in everything. Sometimes, it f*cking rains on you. But keep your head up, keep working.”

Whittaker is right — it’s not the end of the world and he is still just 28. A win or two could see him get another chance at regaining his title. While he might not be champion anymore, he is certainly handling his first setback at middleweight like one.

What did you think of Whittaker’s reaction?

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