Ahead of his fight against Marvin Vettori which will take place at UFC Paris, Robert Whittaker said he was at his prime.
Robert Whittaker, now 31, has been in the UFC since 2012. Although he once managed to win the middleweight division title before losing it to Israel Adesanya in 2019, ‘The Reaper‘ thinks his best years are still ahead of him.
” The best years are coming, I feel like I just entered my prime and my peak condition“Whittaker told ESPN. ” I think I have the best fights ahead of me. The motivation for work is my family, they are the biggest driver, they are the reason I sweat and bleed as much as I do. I fight for something bigger than me.”
Thus, the New Zealander thinks he has only just reached his prime. Also, if he gets the win over Marvin Vettori on Saturday night, Whittaker thinks he might get another shot at the belt.
Robert Whittaker vs Israel Adesanya: on the way to a trilogy?
Last February, the native of Auckland suffered a second defeat against the champion of the category, Israel Adesanya. While the first fight between the two men had ended in a victory by KO in the 2nd round of the ‘Last Stylebender‘, the second will have been much more competitive. Despite a victory for the champion by unanimous decision, Robert Whittaker will have held the dragee high at ‘Izzy‘. Additionally, the No. 1 ranked middleweight thinks the outcome of a trilogy with Adesanya would be much different.
” The fight against Izzy was hotly contested. I think I did a lot of things right that night“said Whittaker. ” But I didn’t get the win that night and that’s what it is, you can’t feel sorry for yourself, you can only go back to the gym, back to work and focus on the next one. But I did a lot of things right, got a few takedowns and threatened takedowns a lot, my jab was on point, my counter attack was on point; defensively, I think I did a good job negating his key attributes. But it is what it is. The next fight between us, I think there will be a lot of different things that I can take advantage of, and move differently too.”
For the moment, Robert Whittaker will have to face Marvin Vettori during the UFC Paris co-main event (Find out the card, schedules and how to watch the event with ActuMMA). The least we can say is that the New Zealander will have his work cut out for him against the Italian, who is an extremely tough fighter.
Check out some UFC fighters’ predictions for Robert Whittaker vs Marvin Vettori here, and also check out Israel Adesanya’s here.
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