For former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker it’s going to be routine. Hotel room in Sydney, numerous media bells and room service menu after the successful return of UFC Fighters Island.
All I think about all day are the video games I play. Right now I’m working on video games… and what I could eat for lunch and dinner, Whittaker told ESPN after his mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Dude, I like it. It’s very nice, although I can’t wait to get out of here and meet my family.
Whittaker’s victory over Jared Cannonier in UFC 254 meant a strong comeback in the Octagon for the Australian after a difficult year in 2019. It was a performance that arose from a plan that was apparently perfectly executed.
Fault! The file name is not specified. Robert Whittaker (Australia) celebrates victory over Jared Cannonier Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC at Getty Images.
It was a good fight, I had a great camp, we carefully drew up a game plan during the camp, and I followed that plan all the way to T, and frankly it was a flawless result.
I was glad it was shorter. I remember thinking clearly in the third round: Man, it would suck if there were five rounds.
The sound of revenge with Israel Adezania gets stronger every week. Whittaker believes the fight for the title in the next game is the right thing to do, and UFC Chairman Dana White described the prospect of UFC 254 as very attractive, which is strange for the Australian.
It’s funny that Dana says it’s attractive because he’s the one who said the argument between Jared and I was about the challenger’s place. I don’t think he expected me to win, Whittaker said.
That makes sense. I know [Adesania] don’t want to, but I do, and I think it’ll be fun. I think he’s a mystery I just want to work on, and I want to try and beat him. I don’t know how to do it because he’s so good. He’s damn good. And this may be a repeat of what happened last time, but, damn it, I wanna try to mate!
March, April would be a good time for me [for my next fight]. It’s the time I have in mind with a new baby being born in January and I want to be there and not focus on feeding and camping and all that.
Fault! The file name is not specified. Robert Whittaker wants to play a return game against Israel Adezania ASANKA BRENDON RATNAYAKE/AFP by Getty Images.
He’s the only man I want to fight because I’ve lost to him, and I don’t like to lose to people.
And as long as all attention is focused on Whittaker’s future, he will look with pride at what is part of UFC 254.
It is an honor to be part of the [Habiba Nurmagomedova] last map. He’s a sports legend, and he’s done all this. He’s had an impeccable career. Part of it is very important, Whittaker says.
When it comes down to it, he should be up there. The only person who would have been closer, I think, is George St. Peter. I know John Jones is upset about all this, but he’s had too many distractions to be distracted from what he did in the game, because I think he’s probably the best fighter in the world.
Habib and Georges S.P. stayed on schedule. They’ve been great role models in the sport, and that’s as important to me as it is to the greatest martial artists.