Robert Whittaker’s “Not Worried” About Who’s Next, Following UFC 234 Withdrawal
By FCF Staff
As speculation continues as to who Robert Whittaker will face in his next title defense, the UFC champ’s relayed he’s not concerned about it.
Whittaker was scheduled to defend the middleweight title against Kelvin Gastelum last weekend at UFC 234. But, the champion was forced to withdraw and undergo emergency surgery for a hernia. Since Israel Adesanya defeated Anderson Silva that same night, in what was a title shot eliminator, there’s been widespread discussion about when and who Whittaker will fight next.
“With Anderson and Adesanya just fighting, I don’t know what that does,” Whittaker said. “I don’t know what the UFC is going to make. I’ve never picked a fight. They just line them up, and I beat them, and that’s exactly what I’ve done. I’ve never tip-toed my way to the title. …
“I’m not worried. I don’t know what the UFC want to do with Gastelum and Adesanya now because obviously, I’ve heard a lot of things. How the UFC wants to go about lining up either Gastelum still or Adesanya, or getting them to fight someone before, I think it certainly spices up the division. (Yoel) Romero and (Paulo) Costa have been calling out Adesanya. I know that there’s lifeblood in the division.”
Whittaker (20-4) hasn’t fought since last June when he worked his way to a split decision win over the aforementioned Romero.