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#2 Middleweight Division

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"The Reaper"

Robert Whittaker

Middleweight Division

25-6-0 (W-L-D)

10

Wins by Knockout

5

Wins by Submission

2

First Round Finishes

Robert Whittaker

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Learn more about Robert Whittaker's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Active
Place of Birth
Otahuhu, Australia
Trains at
PMA, Padstow NSW, Australia
Fighting style
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Age
31
Height
72.00
Weight
186.00
Octagon Debut
Dec. 16, 2012
Reach
73.50
Leg reach
43.00
  • Pro since 2009
     
  • Five wins by submission (3 RNC, 2 armbar), ten by knockout
     
  • Six first round finishes
     
  • Holds 2011 submission win over TUF Smashes teammate Ben Alloway
     
  • Born in New Zealand but raised in Australia from a very early age
     
  • 14 fights at middleweight (12-2)
     
  • Has won 13 of his last 15 and four of his last five

UFC Fight Night (9/3/22) Whittaker won a three round unanimous decision over Marvin Vettori 

UFC 271 (2/12/22) Whittaker lost a five round unanimous decision to Israel Adesanya in a fight for the UFC middleweight title

UFC on ESPN (4/17/21) Whittaker won a five round unanimous decision over Kelvin Gastelum

UFC 254 (10/24/20) Whittaker won a three round unanimous decision over Jared Cannonier

UFC on ESPN (7/26/20) Whittaker won a five round unanimous decision over Darren Till

UFC 243 (10/6/19) Whittaker was knocked out by Israel Adesanya at 3:33 of the second round in a fight for the UFC middleweight title, losing the title

UFC 225 (6/9/18) Whittaker won a five round split decision over Yoel Romero in a non-title fight (Romero missed weight – Whittaker retains title regardless of result)

UFC 213 (7/8/17) Whittaker won a five round unanimous decision over Yoel Romero to win the interim UFC middleweight championship

UFC on FOX (4/15/17) Whittaker stopped Ronaldo Souza via strikes at 3:28 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (11/27/16) Whittaker stopped Derek Brunson via strikes at 4:07 of the first round

UFC 197 (4/23/16) Whittaker won a three round unanimous decision over Rafael Natal

UFC 193 (11/15/15) Whittaker won a three round unanimous decision over Uriah Hall

UFC Fight Night (5/10/15) Whittaker knocked out Brad Tavares at :44 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (11/8/14) Whittaker stopped Clint Hester via strikes at 2:43 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (6/28/14) Whittaker won a three round unanimous decision over Mike Rhodes

UFC 170 (2/22/14) Whittaker was stopped by Stephen Thompson via strikes at 3:43 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (8/28/13) Whittaker lost a three round split decision to Court McGee

UFC 160 (5/25/13) Whittaker stopped Colton Smith via strikes at :41 of the third round

UFC on FX (12/15/12) Whittaker won a three round unanimous decision over Brad Scott to win the TUF Smashes welterweight title

The Ultimate Fighter, SMASHES

On episode 11 (Semifinals), Whittaker knocked out Xavier Lucas

On episode three (Quarterfinals), Whittaker knocked out Luke Newman in the first round

TRAINING: Wake up, spend time with my wife and kids, then head out to a session -> come home, eat, rest, session -> eat, rest, session -> session, session -> Home, eat, sleep  

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started fighting in ‘09. I’ve always loved competing in sports and I’ve always loved the thrill of the fight.

What ranks and titles have you held? I’ve been ranked high in Australian MMA and I hold the Super Fight Australia Welterweight belt. TUF Smashes welterweight winner

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? For me to fight in the UFC is the biggest honor and privilege in my fighting career. It is a way to provide for my family whilst doing the sport that I love most. It also allows me to show the world my fighting ability.

What was your job before you started fighting? I worked as an apprentice electrician for Railcorp.

Ranks in any martial arts styles: I have a black belt in Karate, a black belt in Hapkido, and a black belt in BJJ

Favorite grappling technique: Ground and Pound

Favorite Striking technique: The one that lands.