Robert Whittaker is set for the biggest fight of his career as he is set to take on Yoel Romero in a UFC interim middleweight title fight at UFC 213.
Coming off an impressive TKO stoppage over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Whittaker has worked his way up to an interim title bout by letting his performances in the Octagon do the talking and not by hyping himself up with trash talk.
“I’m one of the quiet dudes, you can’t tease a dude that doesn’t care,” Whittaker said to foxsports.com.au of the trash talk that seems to play a big part of building a personal brand as a fighter.
“ … The crowd now would know if I was putting it on [smack talk]. I am who I am, there’s no point trying to fake it now.
“I’ve already gotten here by just being me. So that’s what I’m going to do, I’m going to be me. And people will either appreciate that or they won’t.
“For me (this) is just another fight, just another name, just another day.”
While Whittaker has the same mentality for the interim title fight as the rest of his previous bouts, winning the interim belt would set him up in a title unification bout down the road. However, Whittaker isn’t looking too far ahead.
“Bisping isn’t on my mind yet. I’ve got to get through Yoel Romero who is the best fighter in the middleweight division in the rankings.
“He’s an Olympic caliber wrestler but he’s tight all around. He’s got strong, powerful hands, he’s got knockout power, he’s a great grappler.
“This fight could go anywhere and the game plan is simple, I’m just going to go in there and do me. Throw my hands like I always do and see how he copes with it.
“He definitely looks at me and knows my hands are a strong point of mine. He’ll want to take me down, try to grind me out a bit, and bully me. But I think I’m going to surprise him.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/27/2017.