Morning Report: Robert Whittaker considers moving up to 205lbs: ‘I think it will be a more natural weight for me’

Robert Whittaker plans to move up to light heavyweight.

This weekend, Whittaker takes on Marvin Vettori in the co-main event of UFC Paris. This is a fight between the No. 2 and No. 3 middleweights in the world. While that would normally mean the winner should get a title shot, with two losses to current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, Whittaker finds himself without a clear path to the championship. Given this, Whittaker pondered a jump to the light heavyweight division in the future.

“I thought about 205 a lot,” Whittaker said on Submission Radio. “The problem is, I wouldn’t go to 205 and go back down to 185, just because I don’t want to go to 205 as a big 185, right? [Laughs]. You see a lot of guys try that and they just get starched. And then they come back down. That does not make sense.

A former middleweight champion, Whittaker had a very successful career at 185 pounds, however, “Bobby Knuckles” did not start his UFC tenure at that weight class. Whittaker entered the UFC winning The ultimate fighter: the smashes welterweight tournament. After a start and descent in his UFC run, Whittaker moved up to middleweight in 2014 and hasn’t looked back, and the former champ says when he gets up to 205lbs he’ll want to prepare. to similar things. Hit.

“When I went to 185 the first time, there was no way I would ever go back down to 170,” Whittaker said. “I never could. You have to build muscle, you have to train at that weight. I have to do all the little bits then and there. But I thought about 205. I think it will be a more natural weight for Me, personally, but the height disadvantage is annoying. I don’t know if I would want to deal with that.

Aside from the potential height disadvantage he would face, there’s one other thing that’s been on Whittaker’s mind about moving up: He’s doing very well at middleweight. Although Whittaker is 0-2 against Adesanya, he’s beaten every other man he’s faced at 185 pounds, and that’s a tough thing to give up for a gamble.

“Once I make the decision to go all the way to 205, I’m there,” Whittaker said. “This will be my division. I would end my career there, for better or for worse. I’m fine at 185. Really good. I’m definitely one of the most dangerous men in the division.

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