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UFC 234 Poster Drops For ‘Whittaker Vs Gastelum’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is gearing up for the upcoming UFC 234 pay-per-view (PPV) event, going down Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The fight card will air live on Saturday night (Feb. 9) in most markets due to the discrepancy in time zones.

Headlining the “Down Under” extravaganza will be the middleweight title fight between reigning 185-pound titleholder, Robert Whittaker, and top division contender, Kelvin Gastelum, who recently finished their assignments as opposing coaches on season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).

Now we have an official poster.

Also competing at UFC 234 is red-hot middleweight sensation Israel Adesanya, who will look to continue his march toward the 185-pound crown by locking horns with former division kingpin and one of the greatest strikers the weight class has ever seen, Anderson Silva. They’ve managed to carve out a tiny piece of real estate at the bottom of the poster but you can bet “The Last Stylebender” will be headlining his next card if he can squash “The Spider.”

Stay tuned for more UFC 234 fight card announcements in the coming weeks.


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Whittaker Shoots Down ‘Bulls—t’ Rumor Spread By Dana White

“Seems ridiculous that we’re still talking about Rob becoming mainstream in his own country, but from what I hear from my people, Rob doesn’t love doing PR.” — Dana White

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, is scheduled to defend his title against top 185-pound contender, Kelvin Gastelum, at the upcoming UFC 234 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Feb. 10, 2019 inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

That will, of course, require champion and challenger to promote their five-round affair both locally and abroad. But it seems “The Reaper” is being accused of acting like a media diva and refusing to meet his championship responsibilities.

So naturally, promotion president Dana White ran with it during his recent press tour “Down Under,” because White likes to tell the mixed martial arts (MMA) community when his fighters are acting like insufferable egomaniacs.

“Someone told Dana White that I don’t do PR or I’m not easy to work with and that’s bullshit,” Whittaker told Submission Radio. “I’ve done every PR and every media event they’ve put up to me. The big thing is, though, they get the shits when I say, ‘Sorry, I can’t make it, I have training at this time.’ What do you want me to do? Do you want me to fight or do you want me to do this? Work around me a little bit. It was just a miscommunication and that’s all.”

It’s not uncommon for UFC champions to complain about their media obligations because the more famous you get, the more coverage you receive. That was one of the biggest problems the “attacked” Ronda Rousey had during her championship title reign, which eventually led to this.

“I do all sorts of media stuff,” Whittaker said. “I’ve never said no or turned down a media event unless it clashes hard with a session I cannot miss. So, it’s part of the job. I think it’s just gotta be a healthy balance. I don’t know anything about running the company of UFC. That’s not my specialty. All I do know is that I need to train in order to win fights. UFC want me to win fights. So if you want me to do PR, let’s work together, let’s work around it. Try to fit in around my times, please.”

Silly “Reaper,” only the fighting Irish are allowed to get away with that.

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Whittaker Vs. Gastelum Targeted For UFC 234 In Australia

Robert Whittaker is expected to make his return to the Octagon at UFC 234 on Feb. 9 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from Melbourne, Australia, to defend his UFC middleweight championship against surging contender Kelvin Gastelum.

UFC president Dana White broke the news to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on Friday.

Whittaker, 27, last fought at UFC 225 where he defeated Yoel Romero in a non-title fight rematch. The Australian champion will make his return to the cage on home soil for the first time since UFC Fight Night 101 back in 2016, in which Whittaker finished middleweight veteran Derek Brunson via first-round TKO. Another victory for Whittaker will extend his 185-pound record to an astounding 9-0.

Gastelum, also 27, is coming off back-to-back wins over former UFC champion Michael Bisping and Brazilian contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. The former Ultimate Fighter winner has turned in some very impressive outings since his return to middleweight so it will be interesting to see how he pieces it all together in a championship fight. Having only been finished once in his career (a submission loss to Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25) Gastelum should be able to go tit-for-tat with Whittaker into the later rounds.

The main event middleweight title fight will also mark the culmination of Whittaker and Gastelum’s head coaching stints on The Ultimate Fighter Season 28.

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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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