Last month, Robert Whittaker lost his UFC middleweight title after getting knocked out by Israel Adesanya in the second round in the main event of UFC 243 which took place at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
While Whittaker lost the title, he admitted that he didn’t like being a UFC champion very much in his recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. He said that being a champion was very distracting.
“Yeah I kind of, I didn’t really like it that much. It’s one of those things that, it comes with some pros, but the cons really starting distracting me,’ Whittaker said. “There’s a lot of media, a lot of expectations and a lot of self-imposed pressure. It didn’t agree with me super-well.
“I’ve always been the sort of guy who just likes to fight. I like the challenge, I like the next opponent. I like to work at just how I’m going to beat you. Another thing is, I love being the underdog. I love people just writing me off like, ‘You’re going to lose.’ I love the struggle.”
However, Whittaker is already ready to return back to the Octagon.
“I just focused one fight after the next after the next. And I just enjoyed it, loved doing it. I am now hungrier than ever, honestly I can say that,” Whittaker said. “I am excited for the next fight and I am excited for what the future brings for next year. And I just can’t wait to get back in there.”
Earlier this month, Whittaker revealed to Daily Telegraph in an interview that he wants to fight Darren Till early next year in London.
“That’s the fight I’m currently interested in,” Whittaker told The Daily Telegraph. “Plus I’ve never been to Europe before, so what better reason to go?”