UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker defended his title for the first time at UFC 225 when he defeated challenger Yoel Romero via split decision.
Whittaker suffered a hand injury during the fight which needed a surgery. The surgery is now done but requires a fairly long recovery duration. Whittaker however has a plan laid out for his next fight. He has a card targeted and it’s none other than the prestigious Madison Square Garden. Whittaker’s manager Titus Day explained The Daily Telegraph his layout.
“So Madison Square Garden is a possibility,” Day said. “Rob’s the middleweight champ and his last two fights have been wars. So if his hand heals up as quickly as we’re hoping, we would definitely push for him to compete at the greatest fight arena in the world.”
Whittaker has an opponent in mind as well. While surging Kelvin Gastelum might appear as a front runner after defeating two legends in Michael Bisping and Jacare Souza. Whittaker has his eyes on a former champ.
“Chris Weidman, as the former champ, would be a perfect rival for that fight,” said Day.
“So if all goes well, we’ll definitely look at that New York card. It’s traditionally one of the biggest on the UFC calendar and after the way Rob has won his last two fights over in the States, there is huge interest in him now.”