Robert Whittaker Plans to Dismantle Dricus Du Plessis in the ‘Most Dangerous Fight to Date’

'The Reaper' is confident he could earn his way back into another title shot but admits the danger he would face in taking on 'Stillknocks'

Robert Whittaker, Dricus Du Plessis
Credit: The Mac Life, Dricus Du Plessis (via YouTube & Instagram)

Robert Whittaker declared his ambitions to dismantle Dricus Du Plessis in their upcoming bout, which he regards as his most dangerous fight to date.

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was last seen in action against former title challenger Marvin Vettori at UFC Paris last September. He worked his way out to a comfortable decision win over the Italian and got back in the winning column after dropping the rematch against reigning 185-pound champion Israel Adesanya. Having fought Adesanya twice, Whittaker has been eyeing a third bout for the title ever since the second close-fought loss.

For his next outing, Whittaker is scheduled to take on Dricus Du Plessis in what many expect to be a top contender’s fight.

Robert Whittaker Says Dricus Du Plessis is the ‘Most Dangerous Fight to Date’

During the pre-fight press conference for UFC 290, Robert Whittaker shared his thoughts on the danger his next opponent, Dricus Du Plessis, presents.

“He’s the most dangerous fight to date and that’s because he’s the one that’s unwritten,” he said. “In hindsight is easy. But he’s the unknown and I understand the dangers that he presents because he’s well rounded, an athlete, and physically, he’s a big guy. He’s a small fella, he has nothing loose. Everyone’s already washed him. He’s the underdog in this fight. Tell me something more dangerous than a man with nothing to lose everything, and everything to gain.

“To show respect for that level of danger that he’s brought, I have trained like a madman for the last 14 weeks and may the best man win. He’s going to get the best version of myself come the weekend.”

Whittaker wants to dismantle Du Plessis

‘Bobby Knuckles’ made no hesitations in declaring his ambitions to dismantle ‘Stillknocks’ in their upcoming encounter.

“His resilience, his ability to not quit. He’s an athlete, he’s talented, he’s got very well rounded skill set and the fact that he doesn’t quit, he’s dangerous. It’ll be a lot of guys that do and you’ve seen that time and time again in his fights. He’s been so close to losing and then scraped victory because he doesn’t quit and then his opponents do. It’s not about breaking him. It’s about being better than him. I’m going to try to dismantle him. I’m going to try and create holes and opportunity that I can exploit to take the win.”

Robert Whittaker will face Du Plessis on the main card of International Fight Week’s UFC 290 on July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Published on July 5, 2023 at 7:36 pm
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