UFC middleweight Robert Whittaker has explained why he feels excited despite his loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 271.
Despite improving dramatically in comparison to his first meeting with Adesanya at UFC 243, Robert Whittaker wasn’t able to get the nod on the judges’ scorecards this past Saturday night. Their Houston collision went the distance with “The Last Stylebender” successfully defending the strap, to the surprise of the challenger.
Alas, in a message to his fans after the fight, Whittaker seemed to be in an upbeat mood as he looked ahead to the future.
It honestly just excites me, there is no ceiling I’m evolving as a fighter! Thank you to all my fans, supporters everybody involved I do it because of you guys and I’m able to do because of of you guys.
Stay tuned the Reaper is only getting better!!! @ufc @ufcanz #UFC271 pic.twitter.com/cHIaKVvXDt
— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) February 13, 2022
“I thought I did enough, I left it all in there – but, the decision aside, I believe I surmounted one of the biggest obstacles my career has thrown at me in the last decade or so. I feel like I’m evolving as a fighter, and every fight you can see a better version of myself. Honestly, it just excites me to see that there is no ceiling. I’m just gonna keep getting better, I’m 31 now, I’m just entering the prime of my career, and I have every avenue to run down. So, yeah, if you’re a long term supporter or fan, you guys know that The Reaper is just getting better. But, if you’re just jumping on, stay tuned. It’s gonna be fun.”
In the eyes of many, a fight against Marvin Vettori makes sense for “Bobby Knuckles” in his push for another shot at the belt. Israel Adesanya, meanwhile, will be turning his attention to his next challenger – with the expectation being that Jared Cannonier will fill that role.
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