Robert Whittaker Reflects on KO Loss at UFC 243, Discusses Timeline For Next Fight
By FCF Staff
Following his knockout loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243, which ended his reign as middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker continues to sound upbeat.
Immediately after the October 5th defeat, Whittaker argued he was “taking the fight” to Adesanya, before being stopped in round two. While talking to GrangeTV more recently, Whittaker had this to say about the recent loss and when he hopes to fight again (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“People may not know this, but I’ve lost before,” Whittaker said. “I’ve lost before and I’ve came back better and that’s exactly what I intend to do. I’m under no illusion that I was unbeatable; everybody can beat everybody on any given day. I’m just going to lick my wounds, I’m going to get back on the mats on Monday, and I’m going to start training again and try to beat the next guy.”
“…I’m gonna go make sure that I’m all good and then once I know that I’m sweet, I’m gonna get back into training, I’m gonna start working again and then I’m gonna see what happens.” Whittaker said. “I’m not looking to take a long time off. 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. It’s what I do…
“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.”
Prior to facing Adesanya, the 28-year-old Whittaker had won nine straight fights.