Aussie UFC star Robert Whittaker could progress to light heavyweight – even though he knows the move would be VERY risky: ‘I’d end my career there for better or for worse’
- Robert Whittaker has considered moving to light heavyweight
- The former middleweight champion says it would be a permanent move
- Whittaker fights tough Italian Marvin Vettori in Paris this weekend
Australian UFC star Robert Whittaker has revealed he is seriously considering making the move to the light heavyweight division, despite fears the jump could end his huge success in the octagon.
The 31-year-old is currently the No. 1 contender in the UFC’s middleweight division, but has been known to change weight classes.
Whittaker entered the UFC as a welterweight in 2012 when he claimed “The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK’ won – and it was at this weight that ‘Bobby Knuckles’ would compete five times, before moving up to middleweight in 2014.
Robert Whittaker (pictured left) is currently the No. 1 Middleweight in the UFC, but admits he’s given some serious thought to a light heavyweight move
Whittaker, who moved up from the welterweight weight class in 2014, says moving to light heavyweight would be a permanent move
The change was the right move for the Sydneysider who won eight games in a row and the coveted UFC middleweight title.
With the success Whittaker has had in the past, it’s not surprising that he’s thinking about another move.
‘I’ve been thinking about 205’ [light heavyweight] quite some. The problem is I wouldn’t go to 205 to get back to 185,” Whittaker told Submission Radio on Monday.
‘Just because I don’t want to be a fat 185 to 205, right? You see a lot of guys try that and they just get starched. And then they come down again. There is no point.
“So when I went to 185 the first time, there was no way, like, I’d never go back to 170.”
Whittaker’s immediate goal is to reclaim the middleweight title after losing a close fight to Israel Adesanya in February 2022
‘You have to build muscle, you have to train for that weight. I have to do all the bits and pieces then and there. I think it will be a more natural weight for me personally, but the height disadvantage is annoying. I don’t know if I would like that.’
Whittaker’s immediate goal is redemption in his current weight class after losing to current middleweight king Israel Adesanya in February 2022 – a fight he and many fans believed he won.
“My goal, of course, is to get that fight with Israel, to try and get that belt back, especially with the way our second fight ended,” Whittaker told Daily Mail Australia.
“The plan is simple: beat everyone in front of me and eventually they will run out of people and he will have to fight me. I have a feeling it’s inevitable if we stay on track.’
Whittaker says he won’t stop until he gets his title back
Adesanya is not excited by a third fight with Whittaker and has begged him to cut his losses and move up to light heavyweight.
“Of course he wants me to get out of there,” Whittaker said. “I am the most dangerous person in the division and I threaten everyone. no one is safe [from me] in this division.
‘I am the hunter and I want it. He saw after that last fight that I wanted it, I’m coming for it, I’m not going to stop until I get it and it’s scary.”
The Aussie striker knows that if he decides to gain weight, it will be permanent.
Robert Whittaker is ready to launch another ascent to the UFC middleweight top. He will fight Marvin Vettori this weekend at UFC Fight Night 209
“Once I make the decision to go to 205, I’m there. That will be my department. I would end my career there, for better or for worse. I’m doing really well at 185. I’m definitely one of the most dangerous guys in the division.”
Whittaker returns to action this weekend at UFC Fight Night 209, taking on tough Italian Marvin Vettori.