After sending his native Australian crowd into a frenzy this past weekend (Saturday, November 28, 2016) with his first round knockout over Derek Brunson in Melbourne, steadily rising top ten middleweight Robert Whittaker is eyeing a big fight to solidify himself as a legitimate title contender in the 185-pound division.
Following his massive main event win Saturday Whittaker stated that a matchup with the equally rising Gegard Mousasi is something he has on his radar for the near future:
“He’s a top athlete, he’s a top fighter, and he’s a cool dude,” Whittaker said (courtesy of LowKickMMA). “If that’s a fight the UFC wants, that’s a fight they’ll get.”
“I think they understand I’m for real and I’m here to stay,” Whittaker said. “This is my run. I just want to move up. I want to take these hard fights, and fight these tough dudes and eventually fight for the belt. If I’m healthy and I’m ready, I’ll fight anywhere, any time.”
Mousasi is coming off of a first-round knockout victory over Uriah Hall in their main event meeting at UFC Belfast. The win has extended the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ’s win streak to four.
Now Whittaker has racked up a nice six-fight win streak with five of those wins coming after making the smart choice to jump up from the UFC’s welterweight division and competing at 185 pounds instead.
With both men are at the highest points of their careers and are making heavy cases for title shots, a matchup between the two middleweight gladiators certainly makes sense and could only be good for both of them.
Mousasi has stated that he plans to take some time off until February or March, a date that certainly makes sense for Whittaker to step back into the Octagon again.
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