Robert Whittaker Says He’s The Champ “With or “Without The Belt”
By FCF Staff
Robert Whittaker isn’t calling for another shot at the UFC’s middleweight title, following his pivotal win on Saturday. But, ‘The Reaper’ is certain he remains “championship-level”, after defeating Darren Till.
Whittaker returned to the Octagon at UFC Fight Island 3 yesterday, which marked the first time he had competed, since he was stopped by champion Israel Adesanya last October.
Whittaker was knocked down early on into Saturday’s headliner, but the Australian star did the same to Till in round two, and worked his way to a decision win.
While discussing his plans for the future after the victory, Whittaker relayed he wasn’t himself in his loss to Adesanya (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“My biggest thing right now is that I want to go back home to my babies, to my wife, and just – that’s why I do all this,” Whittaker said. “That’s why I can do what I do. It’s because of them.
“Honestly, I am championship-level. Everyone can see that. Everyone always knows that. I wasn’t myself last fight. I believe that. Not to take anything away from (Adesanya). He’s a great striker, but I wasn’t myself last fight. I think it was a good win. I’m a champion with the belt (or) without the belt. It doesn’t matter. It is what it is. I’m looking forward to getting back to work and just seeing how that next fight goes.”
With Saturday’s win, Whittaker moved his overall record to 21-5. The 29-year-old is 9-1 in his last 10 fights.