Dana White Would ‘Love’ To Make Robert Whittaker Backup Fighter For UFC 305 But ‘The Reaper’ Will ‘Talk To His Team’ First

The UFC boss likes to bring in "The Reaper" as backup for UFC 305 main event.

Dana White Talks Whittaker Back Up Ufc 305
Dana White Talks Whittaker Back Up Ufc 305 - Image credit @UFC Youtube
  • Dana White wants Robert Whittaker to be a backup for UFC 305 main event title bout between Dricus du Plessis and Israel Adesanya
  • “The Reaper” likes to discuss the matter with his team first before making a decision

UFC president Dana White will not hesitate to have Robert Whittaker as the backup for UFC 305 but the former middleweight champion isn’t sure about it yet.

Robert earned the boss’ respect

White was evidently pleased by Whittaker’s first-round KO win over Ikram Aliskerov at UFC Saudi Arabia. In his post-fight presser, the UFC boss verbally confirmed that they would “love” to give “The Reaper” a chance to fight for the title at UFC 305.

“I’m not kidding you, nobody in the top 15 wanted to fight [Aliskerov]. This guy would’ve been the co-main event last weekend. He had a full camp. He came in. Khamzat [Chimaev] calls this guy one of the toughest fights he’s ever had and Whittaker made it look easy tonight. He looked like a stud,” White raved. “We’d love to have him [as backup for UFC 305].”

Watch White’s full presser below:

Not to quick

Whittaker was then asked to comment on White’s confirmation. Despite being eager to fight for the title once again, “The Reaper” said he would take into consideration what his team would say about it first. Whittaker shared his reasons for believing that a second shot at the titleholder would yield a different outcome compared to the first.

“It’s on home soil, I plan to be there one way or another but I do need to go back, to talk to my team… I took this fight short notice [after Khamzat Chimaev pulled out], kind of pushed a lot of things around so I want to go back and talk to my team. Perth is just, it’s in my home turf you know but yeah let me talk to my team,” Whittaker said.

“I’d like to think that (a rematch would go differently). Look at the paperwork. Since that fight, I’ve only improved. I’ve only gotten better. I’m not saying that if I was on, I would’ve beaten him. I’m not going to take that away from him. He turned up on the night and beat me fair and square and now he’s the world champion because of it. He’s a good fighter. He’s good at what he does. But I know I can do better. Will I beat him? Maybe he gets his hand raised again, but I know I can do better and I know I didn’t put my best foot forward in that fight and I want to run it back because of that.”

The knockout win over Aliskerov saw Whittaker completing back-to-back victories since losing to Dricus du Plessis at UFC 290. That said, it’s only proper that he gets an opportunity to fight for the belt once again, especially with the next middleweight title bout happening in his home country.

Watch Whittaker’s full presser below:

Published on June 23, 2024 at 12:01 pm
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