ABU DHABI – Robert Whittaker is not also nervous about the upcoming at 185 kilos.
The former UFC middleweight winner is targeted on one thing only – Jared Cannonier. Whittaker (21-5 MMA, 12-3 UFC) will take on Cannonier (13-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) in the co-main function of Saturday’s UFC 254 pay-for every-watch celebration at Flash Discussion board.
And whilst lots of look at the middleweight contest a No. 1 contender bout, it is not exactly regarded what champ Israel Adesanya will do subsequent, as he’s shown curiosity in the light-weight heavyweight division, as perfectly as Jon Jones.
Whittaker could not treatment a lot less what takes place following.
“I never think anybody owes anyone anything,” Whittaker said in a UFC 254 pre-battle scrum. “I’m seeking to combat Jared right now, and I’m not contemplating about it at all, what (Adesanya) can do. He can struggle any person I don’t care. I just want to consider this battle, go do my best, and go house and appreciate Christmas.”
Whittaker knows he’s got a robust adversary in front of him, and it’s just the reason why his target stays entirely on Cannonier. Still, the Australian feels confident in all sides of the game heading into UFC 254.
“Jared ideal now is the best danger degree than any individual for the reason that he’s the dude I have to fight,” Whittaker mentioned. “I’ve experienced challenging fights, and I anticipate a challenging fight in Jared. He’s a tough dude. I’m not sleeping on his ability set. He can defeat me. I could drop, but I do not imagine I will.
“I’m absolutely respecting his skill set. He’s incredibly challenging, he’s quite strong, and he’s resilient. He does not go absent but honestly, I just imagine I’m superior across the board.
“I can take this combat wherever I want it to go. I can guide this dance. I feel I can sting him, I can knock him out. Honestly, I can do nearly anything, and I have 15 minutes to do that. It is far better than 25, so I’m searching forward to it.”