Former UFC Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is contemplating a move up to light heavyweight and wants to make his stay at 205 permanent till his final career fight.
Once at 205, Robert Whittaker won’t come down: It doesn’t make sense
‘Bobby Knuckles’ made his UFC debut as a welterweight back in 2013 and after four fights at 170, he moved up to 185. Whittaker clinched the interim Middleweight title against Yoel Romero at UFC 213 and was later promoted to undisputed champion but lost it to the current champ Israel Adesanya at UFC 243.
The 31-year-old, coming off of a loss in the rematch against Izzy at UFC 271 back in February this year, has been thinking of a jump up to Light Heavyweight and speaking to Submission Radio, Whittaker revealed that he intends to stay at 205 until the end of his career.
“I’ve been thinking about 205 a fair bit,” said Whittaker, “The problem is, I wouldn’t go to 205 to come back down to 185. Just because I don’t want to go to 205 as a fat 185, right? You see a lot of guys try that and they just get starched. And then they come back down. It doesn’t make sense.”
It was Adesanya himself who tried to make the same move Whittaker is planning. Last year, ‘The Last Stylebender’ went to 205 and took on the then champion Jan Błachowicz at UFc 259 but came back to middleweight after suffering his maiden career loss. But Whittaker says he will not be making any return to 185.
“So when I moved up to 185 the first time, there was no way, like I would never go back down to 170,” the New Zealander went on, “Could never. Got to put on muscle, you have to train at that weight. Got to do all of the bits and bobs 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 want to deal with that.”
“Once I make the decision to go up to 205, I’m there. That’ll be my division. I’d finish my career there, for better or worse. I’m doing really well at 185. … I’m definitely one of the most dangerous guys in the division,” he added.
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