Robert Whittaker Prepares for his UFC Middleweight Debut

Our friends at Kiwicombat.com catch up with Robert Whittaker ahead of his debut in arguably the most competitive UFC division, middleweight.

Combat Sports New Zealand

New Zealand-born fighter Robert Whittaker makes the step up to the UFC’s middleweight division to take on American Clint Hester at next month’s UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping.

The 23-year-old’s just returned from a training camp in Thailand with the move to 185 lbs. (84 kg.) already paying dividends.

“It’s made a huge difference,” Whittaker told Kiwi Combat on the phone from Sydney. “90% of the camp hasn’t been sleepless nights, hungry and worrying about the weight.

“I’ve worried more about the training and it’s been a big load off my shoulders.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m probably still going to have a huge cut, but not to the point I’m killing myself.”

Whittaker estimates he’ll probably have to cut around 15 kilos over the course of his camp for this fight, compared to the 25 he was cutting for previous fights.

“The Reaper” has amassed a 3-2…

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