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Champ Robert Whittaker Talks About The UFC’s Weight-Cutting Problem

The UFC has a weight-cutting problem, and finally Robert Whittaker has said something about it.

No, I’m not talking about the dangers inherent in fighters losing too much weight too fast in an effort to game the divisional cutoffs. I’m talking about ALL THESE DUDES MISSING WEIGHT AND STILL GETTING TITLE SHOTS.

You see, the UFC likes narratives. Narratives sell fights. So if Yoel Romero has gained momentum by knocking out dudes but has trouble making weight, screw it, they’ll give him a title shot.

The same with Darren Till, who was so fat for his fight against Stephen Thompson he looked like “Fat Bastard” from those Austin Powers flicks. For beating Thompson, Till gets a crack at champ Tyron Woodley. That sucks.

As per MMAFighting:

Whittaker, 27, seems to find the whole thing ludicrous. He said Monday at a media lunch to promote Wednesday’s premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 28.

“It’s like me going down to bantamweight, not making weight, winning because I’m much bigger and then getting a title shot,” said Whittaker, who coaches opposite Kelvin Gastelum on TUF 28. “It’s not fair. It’s not fair. Because on the flip side, the guys that are making weight don’t make it easy. It wasn’t easy to cut weight and make weight and do the job. We still had to struggle, we still had to diet weeks out. We’re just more professional at it. We just did it right.”

Whittaker (20-4) said he thought about not fighting Romero when he missed weight at UFC 225 in Chicago, but it was a nearly impossible decision to make. He wanted to fight, flew a long way from Australia to compete, needed to get paid and didn’t want to let down all of his fans.

“The people who do make weight are also in a hard position,” Whittaker said. “Because they’re in a position where they still need to make money to pay the bills, to earn a wage, to do their job. But they also have the support of hundreds of thousands of people who have come to see them fight or that are watching them on TV to watch a fight. The fans. That’s kind of why you fight — they drive the sport.”

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Champ Robert Whittaker Talks About The UFC’s Weight-Cutting Problem

The UFC has a weight-cutting problem, and finally Robert Whittaker has said something about it.

No, I’m not talking about the dangers inherent in fighters losing too much weight too fast in an effort to game the divisional cutoffs. I’m talking about ALL THESE DUDES MISSING WEIGHT AND STILL GETTING TITLE SHOTS.

You see, the UFC likes narratives. Narratives sell fights. So if Yoel Romero has gained momentum by knocking out dudes but has trouble making weight, screw it, they’ll give him a title shot.

The same with Darren Till, who was so fat for his fight against Stephen Thompson he looked like “Fat Bastard” from those Austin Powers flicks. For beating Thompson, Till gets a crack at champ Tyron Woodley. That sucks.

As per MMAFighting:

Whittaker, 27, seems to find the whole thing ludicrous. He said Monday at a media lunch to promote Wednesday’s premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 28.

“It’s like me going down to bantamweight, not making weight, winning because I’m much bigger and then getting a title shot,” said Whittaker, who coaches opposite Kelvin Gastelum on TUF 28. “It’s not fair. It’s not fair. Because on the flip side, the guys that are making weight don’t make it easy. It wasn’t easy to cut weight and make weight and do the job. We still had to struggle, we still had to diet weeks out. We’re just more professional at it. We just did it right.”

Whittaker (20-4) said he thought about not fighting Romero when he missed weight at UFC 225 in Chicago, but it was a nearly impossible decision to make. He wanted to fight, flew a long way from Australia to compete, needed to get paid and didn’t want to let down all of his fans.

“The people who do make weight are also in a hard position,” Whittaker said. “Because they’re in a position where they still need to make money to pay the bills, to earn a wage, to do their job. But they also have the support of hundreds of thousands of people who have come to see them fight or that are watching them on TV to watch a fight. The fans. That’s kind of why you fight — they drive the sport.”

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Robert Whittaker: UFC Should Do More To Deter Fighters From Missing Weight

Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Robert Whittaker believes fighters will keep missing weight in the UFC because the punishment is not severe enough. The 27 year-old Australian had first-hand experience with an opponent missing weight when he took on Yoel Romero at UFC 225 back in June.
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Hand Injury Likely to Sideline UFC Champ Robert Whittaker Until February

Robert Whittaker’s next title defense likely won’t come until early next year.
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Manager: If Hand Heals as Planned, Robert Whittaker Wants Chris Weidman at MSG

Surgery seems to have gone well for Robert Whittaker, and if the healing process goes as planned, the UFC middleweight champion could be eyeing a blockbuster fight near the end of the year.
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Middleweight Champ Robert Whittaker Not Interested In Trilogy Against Yoel Romero

Last Saturday at UFC 225 in Chicago, Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Robert Whittaker won a unanimous decision over top contender Yoel Romero in a rematch that many are calling “Fight of the Year.” Because Romero missed the championship weight limit, the fight was not an official title defense, but nonetheless was hailed as an instant classic.
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Middleweight Champ Robert Whittaker Not Interested In Trilogy Against Yoel Romero

Last Saturday at UFC 225 in Chicago, Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Robert Whittaker won a unanimous decision over top contender Yoel Romero in a rematch that many are calling “Fight of the Year.” Because Romero missed the championship weight limit, the fight was not an official title defense, but nonetheless was hailed as an instant classic.
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Middleweight Champ Robert Whittaker Not Interested In Trilogy Against Yoel Romero

Last Saturday at UFC 225 in Chicago, Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Robert Whittaker won a unanimous decision over top contender Yoel Romero in a rematch that many are calling “Fight of the Year.” Because Romero missed the championship weight limit, the fight was not an official title defense, but nonetheless was hailed as an instant classic.
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UFC 225 Aftermath: Robert Whittaker’s Broken Hand, Romero’s Delusions

In case you missed it, UFC 225 was all about a bunch of some serious beatdowns, most of which were one-sided. But the main event, which saw middleweight champ Robert Whittaker rematch with Yoel Romero, was actually a two-side beatdown.

Meaning, they really clobbered each other.

Since Romero is old and can’t make weight when he’s supposed to, there was no belt up for grabs. But whatever, these guy fight a close fight last time, and this one was even closer.

No doubt Whittaker breaking his hand in the first round played a role in the closeness.

@robwhittakermma Fought 4 Rounds with a broken thumb for his Family and country.

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So yeah, the champ can take some punishment and still function at a high level. That kind of toughness is definitely a championship quality right there, folks.

Meanwhile, Romero is kind of stuck. He put away former champ Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold in pretty dramatic fashion, but no matter what, he can’t seem to get past Whittaker. Also, he can’t make weight – did I mention that already?

Anyway, if Romero can’t ever be the champ, then he might as well be “The People’s Champ”, right?

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UFC 225 Aftermath: Robert Whittaker’s Broken Hand, Romero’s Delusions

In case you missed it, UFC 225 was all about a bunch of some serious beatdowns, most of which were one-sided. But the main event, which saw middleweight champ Robert Whittaker rematch with Yoel Romero, was actually a two-side beatdown.

Meaning, they really clobbered each other.

Since Romero is old and can’t make weight when he’s supposed to, there was no belt up for grabs. But whatever, these guy fight a close fight last time, and this one was even closer.

No doubt Whittaker breaking his hand in the first round played a role in the closeness.

@robwhittakermma Fought 4 Rounds with a broken thumb for his Family and country.

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So yeah, the champ can take some punishment and still function at a high level. That kind of toughness is definitely a championship quality right there, folks.

Meanwhile, Romero is kind of stuck. He put away former champ Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold in pretty dramatic fashion, but no matter what, he can’t seem to get past Whittaker. Also, he can’t make weight – did I mention that already?

Anyway, if Romero can’t ever be the champ, then he might as well be “The People’s Champ”, right?

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