When Robert Whittaker was matched up in opposition to his toughest test to day, he shined.
Using a 6-combat profitable streak, Whittaker (20-5 MMA, 11-3 UFC) faced Ronaldo Souza at UFC on FOX 24 in April 2017, where he proved that he was a genuine contender at 185 pounds.
Souza pressed Whittaker early, though Whittaker stayed light-weight on his ft, shifting facet-to-side to get back middle of the octagon. Souza then stacked Whittaker in opposition to the cage, dragging him down to the mat briefly, but Whittaker defended properly and broke cost-free. Whittaker continued to pepper Souza with the jab, lunging ahead with combinations.
In Spherical 2, Whittaker dropped Souza with a large proper hand but did not devote too a great deal time in Souza’s guard, letting him back again up. Whittaker continued to stalk Souza, inevitably landing a head kick, which stunned “Jacare.” Whittaker was all more than him, splitting Souza open with huge elbows of the ground-and-pound wide variety until finally the referee stopped the combat.
Whittaker went on to conquer Yoel Romero two times en route to capturing the UFC middleweight title. Even so, in his final outing at UFC 243, he shed his title when he was stopped by Israel Adesanya in the 2nd spherical of their clash.
Whittaker returns Saturday when he satisfies Darren Until (18-2-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) in the UFC on ESPN 14 headliner at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Before he faces Till, relive Whittaker’s finish about Souza in the video over.