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Robert Whittaker’s coach says Gilbert Burns provided the blueprint on how to beat Khamzat Chimaev

Susan Cox - June 13, 2024

Robert Whittaker’s coach is saying Gilbert Burns provided the blueprint on how to beat Khamzat Chimaev. Robert Whittaker (25-7 MMA) is slated to face Khamzat Chimaev (13-0 MMA) in the middleweight main event on Saturday, June 22nd at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. However, rumors are now swirling that ‘Borz’ has been forced to withdraw from the contest.

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REPORT | Khamzat Chimaev withdraws from UFC Saudi Arabia main event vs. Robert Whittaker

Curtis Calhoun - June 13, 2024

UFC middleweight contender Khamzat Chimaev has reportedly pulled out of his scheduled five-rounder with Robert Whittaker in Saudi Arabia. An exact reason for Chimaev’s reported withdrawal hasn’t been reported as of this writing. Australian MMA insider Benny P was among the first to report the news of Chimaev’s withdrawal.

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Robert Whittaker shares the one thing Khamzat Chimaev needs to change to avoid an 'early night' at UFC Saudi Arabia

Curtis Calhoun - May 21, 2024

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker thinks his five-round experience will be a lot for Khamzat Chimaev to deal with inside the cage. Whittaker and Chimaev will fight in a potential No. 1 contender matchup at UFC Saudi Arabia on June 22. It’s one of the biggest fights of the summer with high stakes at 185lbs.

Alexandre Pantoja defeats Steve Erceg at UFC 301
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Robert Whittaker disagrees with fans saying Steve Erceg was robbed at UFC 301: "I thought Pantoja did enough to win"

Fernando Quiles - May 5, 2024

Robert Whittaker may have wanted Steve Erceg to win UFC gold, but he doesn’t agree with the notion that he was robbed against Alexandre Pantoja. Erceg sent a clear message despite the defeat in the main event of UFC 301. Going into his UFC Flyweight Championship bout against Pantoja, Erceg was the number 10-ranked 125-pounder in the UFC. After Saturday night, he figures to get a nice boost since he came close to defeating the champion. In the end, Pantoja came through when it mattered the most, gaining control of the challenger in the final frame to seal a unanimous decision win.

Belal Muhammad
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Robert Whittaker wants Belal Muhammad to win UFC title to see "uproar" from fans

Harry Kettle - April 29, 2024

UFC star Robert Whittaker wants to see Belal Muhammad win a world title, if only to see the uproar from MMA fans. For the longest time now, Belal Muhammad has been making a name for himself in the welterweight division. While everyone may not like it, we’re talking about a fighter who certainly knows how to get people talking. Now, we’re at the point where it seems inevitable that he’ll get a shot at the crown.

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Georges St-Pierre believes Robert Whittaker is very capable of making Khamzat Chimaev 'look bad' at UFC Saudi Arabia

Susan Cox - April 16, 2024

George St-Pierre is sharing that he believes Whittaker is very capable of making Chimaev ‘ look bad’ at UFC Saudi Arabia. It has been announced that former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (25-7 MMA) will take on the undefeated Khamzat Chimaev (13-0 MMA) in the main event at UFC Saudi Arabia on June 22 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Israel Adesanya

Robert Whittaker breaks down potential Dricus Du Plessis vs. Israel Adesanya title fight

Cole Shelton - April 3, 2024

Robert Whittaker thinks Israel Adesanya has a good chance to piece up Dricus Du Plessis for five rounds. Du Plessis recently hinted on his social media that he will be fighting Adesanya in Perth at UFC 305 in August. It’s an intriguing matchup and one that has been in the works for well over a year.

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Michael Bisping believes Khamzat Chimaev could be in for a “disastrous night” at UFC Saudi Arabia if he can’t finish Robert Whittaker early

Harry Kettle - April 3, 2024

UFC commentator Michael Bisping believes Khamzat Chimaev could be in for a bad night when he takes on Robert Whittaker. It was recently announced that at UFC Saudi Arabia, Khamzat Chimaev will go head to head with Robert Whittaker. If he wins, he’ll almost certainly earn a crack at the UFC middleweight championship at some point in the future.

Khamzat Chimaev and Robert Whittaker
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Khamzat Chimaev opens as betting favorite over Robert Whittaker ahead of UFC Saudi Arabia main event

Cole Shelton - March 28, 2024

Khamzat Chimaev has opened as the betting favorite ahead of his UFC Saudi Arabia main event fight against Robert Whittaker. UFC CEO Dana White announced the fight would headline the card on June 22 late Wednesday evening. The fight also serves as a No. 1 contender bout at middleweight as the winner will get the next title shot, White revealed.

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Robert Whittaker speaks after booking UFC Saudi Arabia showdown with Khamzat Chimaev: "He's a hard fighter"

Josh Evanoff - March 28, 2024

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is ready to put on a show against Khamzat Chimaev. ‘The Reaper’ is fresh off his return to the octagon at UFC 298 opposite Paulo Costa. There, Robert Whittaker got back on the winning track, with a unanimous decision win over the Brazilian. Just a month removed from his most recent victory, the former champion has signed a deal to face Khamzat Chimaev.

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Dana White announces stacked UFC Saudi Arabia fight card, including Robert Whittaker vs. Khamzat Chimaev

Chris Taylor - March 27, 2024

Dana White has announced a number of fights for UFC Saudi Arabia, including a middleweight main event between Robert Whittaker and Khamzat Chimaev. UFC Saudi Arabia will take place on June 22 and air live and free on ABC.

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Robert Whittaker shares high praise for “phenomenal” UFC bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley: “Mate, it was a landslide”

Harry Kettle - March 13, 2024

UFC star Robert Whittaker has praised Sean O’Malley for his performance against Marlon Vera at UFC 299. With the world watching, Sean O’Malley put on a clinic in Miami last weekend. He dominated Marlon Vera from beginning to end, registering an impressive decision victory. Now, many are looking at ‘Suga’ and wondering whether or not he’s one of the biggest stars in the history of the bantamweight division.

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Chael Sonnen explains why he doesn’t want to see Robert Whittaker vs. Sean Strickland next: “The timing feels off to me”

Susan Cox - March 4, 2024

Chael Sonnen is explaining why he doesn’t want to see Robert Whittaker vs. Sean Strickland next. Sean Strickland (28-6 MMA) in his first UFC middleweight title defence, lost to Dricus Du Plessis (21-2 MMA) by split decision this past January at UFC 297.

Robert Whittaker and Sean Strickland
Sean Strickland

Robert Whittaker interested in fighting Sean Strickland on rumored Perth card: "I owe Australia a fight"

Cole Shelton - February 29, 2024

Robert Whittaker is interested in a matchup with Sean Strickland if he doesn’t get a title shot his next time out. Whittaker returned to the win column earlier this month with a hard-fought decision victory over Paulo Costa at UFC 298. It was a solid performance from the Aussie who is back in the title picture following the win.

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Robert Whittaker reveals he woke up on UFC 298 fight day with the flu: "There wasn't anything that was going to stop me"

Cole Shelton - February 29, 2024

Robert Whittaker reveals he woke up on UFC 298 fight day with the flu. Whittaker recently returned to the Octagon against Paulo Costa in an intriguing middleweight fight. It was a crucial fight for both of their careers, as Whittaker was coming off a TKO loss to Dricus Du Plessis so if he was going to remain a title contender he would need to beat Costa.

Robert Whittaker defeats Paulo Costa at UFC 298
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Chael Sonnen shares advice for Robert Whittaker & Paulo Costa following UFC 298: "You got to compete"

Fernando Quiles - February 21, 2024

Chael Sonnen has some advice for Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa following UFC 298. Whittaker and Costa went one-on-one inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on February 17. It was a hard-fought three-round fight, and “The Reaper” ended up taking a unanimous decision over “Borrachinha.” Now that the dust has settled, Sonnen believes there is a key piece of advice both Whittaker and Costa should follow.

Robert Whittaker defeats Paulo Costa at UFC 298
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Paulo Costa issues statement following loss to Robert Whittaker at UFC 298

Fernando Quiles - February 18, 2024

Paulo Costa has spoken out following his UFC 298 loss against Robert Whittaker in an exciting middleweight scrap. It was “Borrachinha’s” first fight since August 2022. Costa had Whittaker hurt in a bad way at the end of the first round, landing a spinning heel kick. If there had been a few more seconds left in the round, who knows if “The Reaper” would’ve survived.

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Pros react after Robert Whittaker defeats Paulo Costa at UFC 298

Chris Taylor - February 17, 2024

Tonight’s UFC 298 event was co-headlined by a highly anticipated middleweight bout between Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa. Whittaker (25-7 MMA) had entered the contest looking to rebound, this after suffering a TKO loss to Dricus Du Plessis in his most previous effort at UFC 290 this past July. Prior to that setback, the former middleweight champion was coming off a unanimous decision victory over Marvin Vettori in September of 2022.