Robert Whittaker Doesn’t See Khabib Nurmagomedov Ever Losing

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker doesn’t believe Khabib Nurmagomedov will ever be beaten inside the Octagon. Nurmagomedov has built quite a reputation. “The Eagle” is perfect in his pro MMA career with a record of 28-…

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker doesn’t believe Khabib Nurmagomedov will ever be beaten inside the Octagon. Nurmagomedov has built quite a reputation. “The Eagle” is perfect in his pro MMA career with a record of 28-0. He holds the UFC lightweight championship and has two successful title defenses. Whittaker Heaps Major Praise On Khabib […]

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Luke Rockhold Reveals Fighters He Has Eye On Other Than Chris Weidman

RockholdLuke Rockhold is not only targeting Chris Weidman. The former UFC middleweight champion recently expressed his intentions to return to the sport and hinted at a rematch with Weidman. However, there are other names in the middleweight division that Rockhold has his eye on as well. “There’s Darren Till, there’s the grappler the Norwegian kid, […]

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Luke Rockhold is not only targeting Chris Weidman.

The former UFC middleweight champion recently expressed his intentions to return to the sport and hinted at a rematch with Weidman.

However, there are other names in the middleweight division that Rockhold has his eye on as well.

“There’s Darren Till, there’s the grappler the Norwegian kid, he looks good, [Jack] Hermansson looks tough,” Rockhold told Submission Radio. “I want somebody who means something and is a name, something meant to be. I left the division the number two-ranked middleweight in the world. So, they can say what they want because I’m unranked at the moment, but I can come back and reassert myself very quickly if I need to.”

“Anderson [Silva] would be fun, but I don’t think he wants anything of this sort. He called me out when he was in the UFC, and I called him out and he ran away, and then, you know, even at this point I don’t think he still wants it. I’ve put that fight in the hands of their team and they’ve seemingly worked their way around it as best they can over the years – many, many years of it.”

Rockhold vs. Whittaker?

Another name that interests Rockhold is another former champion in Whittaker. The pair were originally set to face each other at UFC 221 for the 185-pound strap back in February 2018 until an injury forced Whittaker to withdraw.

“The Reaper” recently returned to the win column last month after outpointing Till, but for Rockhold, the Aussie doesn’t look the same as he did during his run to the middleweight title.

“I don’t think Rob looked like he was back in the day,” he added. “I think Darren Till looked okay. I think he looked like decent. Rob doesn’t look like he’s got the fire he’s once had. I mean, you gotta find the fire if he’s going to come back and compete at that level.

“I’m not opposed to it [fighting Rob]. I’m gonna let him go do his thing and then see how he fares. [Jared] Cannonier’s got some, that dude’s got some fire in his blood. And so, if Robert doesn’t find that f*cken fire, he’s gonna fall short. So, I’m just looking at the division as a whole. And you gotta be ready, you gotta be fired up, you gotta be motivated.”

Rockhold last competed in July last year when he was knocked out by Jan Blachowicz in his light heavyweight debut. In total, he has lost three of his last four outings.

What do you make of Rockhold’s comments?

Robert Whittaker Would Only Move To 205lbs If He Got “Sick Of Cutting Weight”

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya teased a potential move to light heavyweight against Jon Jones but Robert Whittaker isn’t in a rush making the jump to 205 pounds himself. “We’ll see how I age,” Whittaker told MMANews, &#82…

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya teased a potential move to light heavyweight against Jon Jones but Robert Whittaker isn’t in a rush making the jump to 205 pounds himself. “We’ll see how I age,” Whittaker told MMANews, “If it reaches a point where I’m just sick of cutting weight, then yeah 100% move up, “But right […]

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Jared Cannonier Calls Robert Whittaker’s Use Of Oblique Kick ‘Dirty’

Jared CannonierMiddleweight contender Jared Cannonier believes Robert Whittaker utilized a “dirty” technique during his win over Darren Till at UFC Fight Island 3. The former 185lb champion landed several oblique kicks on the knee of Till which has left the Englishman with terrible injuries which are likely to leave him on the side-lines for at least […]

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Middleweight contender Jared Cannonier believes Robert Whittaker utilized a “dirty” technique during his win over Darren Till at UFC Fight Island 3. The former 185lb champion landed several oblique kicks on the knee of Till which has left the Englishman with terrible injuries which are likely to leave him on the side-lines for at least six months.

Cannonier will face off against Whittaker at UFC 254 in October. He spoke to Ariel Helwani ahead of the fight and explained to the veteran MMA reporter why he is not a fan fo the controversial kick Whittaker utilized against Till, he said.

“I know he uses that oblique kick to the knee. I’m not a big fan of that technique. That is career-altering, career-changing technique. I am not a big fan of it. I’m not saying we should ban it or anything like that. You know this is the martial arts. That being said I’m not a big fan of it. I don’t use it personally because I know how dangerous it is. If I use it, you best have your next year of your life planned out.”

Helwani asked Cannonier why not ban the oblique kick, he replied.

“I’m not advocating for banning it. I’m not gonna say I wouldn’t say ‘yeah get rid of the technique’ if the argument arose. I would rather it not be in the UFC. In football you can’t knee spike, you cant dive for the knees. You can’t collar tie there’s certain things you can’t don’t. This is a sport in the UFC. This isn’t just fighting. People want to keep it as pure as they want to but as far as the sport goes you want to preserve the fighters as much as possible. You don’t want them to get hurt in the manner that they will be on the sidelines.”

Cannonier warned Whittaker that he faces serious repercussions should he attempt to use the oblique kick on him.

“Back to the technique – I don’t like it. I wouldn’t be sad if I never seen it again,” Cannonier said. “If you do it to me, I’m already in the game to try and hurt my opponents and try to do damage and try to finish the fight. If you use that technique on me I’m going to liken it to a dirty technique. You are trying to gouge my eyes, you trying to kick me in the nuts, you trying to check my oil which is a major violation right there (laughs). Trying to stomp my knee is a major violation as well and I’m going to make you pay for it right then and there on the money with a smile on my face. Don’t think I’m going to get mad about it. I aint going to get mad I’m going to get your ass back. It’s going to be major implications for anyone who wants to use that technique on me. That being said I know Rob uses that technique. So the door is open. It can be a clean finish or a savage mauling.”

Do you agree with Jared Cannonier? Is the oblique kick to the knee a dirty technique?

Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier Set For UFC 254

The UFC 254 card is getting some more beef in the form of Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reports UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Whittaker vs. Cannonier will happen on Oct. 24. This all but confirms the mid…

The UFC 254 card is getting some more beef in the form of Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reports UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Whittaker vs. Cannonier will happen on Oct. 24. This all but confirms the middleweight title showdown between champion Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa. White says Adesanya […]

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Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier Added To UFC 254

Robert WhittakerThe former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is heading straight back into camp after beating Darren Till via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Island 3. Whittaker will face Jared Cannonier at UFC 254 on October 24. Brett Okamoto of ESPN broke the news to his followers on social media, he wrote. “Breaking: Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) […]

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The former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is heading straight back into camp after beating Darren Till via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Island 3. Whittaker will face Jared Cannonier at UFC 254 on October 24.

Brett Okamoto of ESPN broke the news to his followers on social media, he wrote.

“Breaking: Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) vs. Jared Cannonier (@killagorillamma), UFC 254 on Oct. 24. Per UFC president Dana White (@danawhite). Gotta believe that will determine the next No. 1 contender. Prediction?”

Before his big win over Till, Whittaker was coming off a lenghthy layoff trigger by burnout. He had also suffered a brutal knockout loss to Israel Adesanya and lost the 185lb title to ‘Stylebender’ in the process.

Speaking exclusively to LowKickMMA earlier in the week Whittaker revealed he was hoping to fight in November or December against any of the top guys, he said.

“The UFC are just going to put somebody in front of me and then I’ll punch with them. More importantly for me is just the date. I want to fight again before the end of the year. Hopefully, November. November-December that would be good. Whatever the UFC want we can talk about it’s all good. As long as it’s in November or December it’s all good.”

The UFC has seemingly convinced Whittaker to return to the cage slightly earlier than he had anticipated to take on Cannonier in what you can only imagine will determine who is next in line for a middleweight title shot.

Cannonier is on a three-fight winning run since dropping down to middleweight. He has picked up wins over David Branch, Anderson Silva and Jack Hermansson. ‘The Killa Gorilla’ is currently ranked #3 in the division and will undoubtedly be the number one contender should he get by Whittaker on October 24.

Who wins at UFC 254? Robert Whittaker or Jared Cannonier?