UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker Has To Rest During 2018 Thanks To Hand Injury The five-round showdown versus Yoel Romero at the main event of UFC 225 left tremendous consequences on the UFC Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. Despite he won that fight, his hand injury is more serious than initially expected and he has no choice but to rest until 2019. Robert Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) broke his right hand in the first round versus Romero but fought like a Spartan and won the fight via close split decision. The fight was a non-title bout since Yoel Romero missed weight. The Reaper discovers that he hasn\u2019t even started the rehabilitation process yet. (via bloodyelbow.com) \u201cI haven\u2019t even started the rehab process yet,\u201d Whittaker told Ariel Helwani of ESPN about his broken hand. \u201cJust more letting it heal first before I can implement that. They put a plate and some screws in (on the right hand). Realistically I\u2019m looking at February next year.\u201d But this hard injury won\u2019t stop Robert Whittaker from being a coach at the next season of the Ultimate Fighter, where the coach of opposite team will be his UFC Middleweight rival, Kelvin Gastelum. The date of the event is not known yet. Gastelum also believes Whittaker won\u2019t be the same fighter after these two spectacular wars with one of the best punchers in the division. However, Robert Whittaker speculates that consequences weren\u2019t left claiming he hasn\u2019t even reached the peak of his potential. It looks like the sky is his only limit. \u201cI\u2019m not worried that it\u2019ll have any effect on my performance,\u201d he says. \u201cI haven\u2019t even reached the peak of my potential. This hard fight is going to mold me and shape me as to how I approach fights from here on. I think everyone has to have their mettle tested in a tough fight. That was one of them for me.\u201d What do you think, did the fights versus Yoel Romero left consequences on Whittaker\u2019s performance? Can Robert Whittaker maintain his winning streak?