Robert Whittaker

Robert Whittaker

Full NameRobert Whittaker

BornDecember 20, 1990

Height6 ft 0 in


Relation(s)Sofia Maree Whittaker (wife)


Born on 20th December 1990, John Whittaker is a New Zealand-born Australian professional mixed martial artist who currently competes in the middleweight division at the UFC. He is a former UFC middleweight champion and a winner of the welterweight tournament at the first series of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes.

  1. Early Life and Career
  2. Robert Whittaker UFC
  3. Robert Whittaker vs Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson
  4. Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero
  5. Robert Whittaker vs Israel Adesanya
  6. Robert Whittaker Stats
  7. Robert Whittaker Record
  8. Robert Whittaker WIfe
  9. Robert Whittaker Net Worth 2019

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Early Life and Career

When he was seven, his father got him admitted in a Goju-ryu Karate school. After training for almost a decade, Whittaker joined a mixed martial arts gym. He immediately developed a liking towards the sport.

Whittaker made his professional MMA debut in the year 2009 at the ‘Australia's Xtreme Fighting Championships’ where he beat Chris Tallowin via TKO in the first round. Whittaker then moved to Cage Fighting Championships where he remained undefeated.

Whittaker was handed his first MMA defeat on 30th October 2011 at the Legend Fighting Championships 6 where he succumbed to Hoon Kim via submission in the first round.

Robert Whittaker UFC

The Ultimate Fighter

In 2012 Whittaker became a part of the first series of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes. On his debut fight in the tournament, Whittaker knocked out Luke Newman in just 19 seconds.

Early UFC fights

Whittaker made his official UFC debut at UFC on FX 6 on 15 December 2012 which was also the welterweight finale of "The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes".

Whittaker faced Brad Scott in the final and won the fight via unanimous decision to become the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes series.

Move to UFC Middleweight

Whittaker moved up to the middle weight division and on 27th November 2016, he faced Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 101 in what turned out to be an explosive contest. In the back and forth encounter, Whittaker defeated Brunson via TKO in the first round.

Whittaker went up against Ronaldo Souza at UFC on Fox 24 on 15th April 2017 and became the first person to knock out Souza since 2008, taking the win via TKO in the second round.

UFC MIddleweight Champion

Whittaker later became the undisputed champion as Georges St-Pierre, who held the middleweight title was forced to vacate the same after being diagnosed with colitis.

Whittaker himself went on a year and a half long lay-off, being forced to pull out of quite a few title defences due to a massive surgery for a collapsed bowel and abdominal hernia.

However, he lost the middleweight championship title to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243.

UFC 213: Nunes vs Shevchenko

Robert Whittaker vs Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson

Whittaker and The Wonderboy went toe to toe at UFC 170 on 22 February 2014. Thompson got the better of Whittaker in the bout, winning via TKO in the opening round.

Following the loss, Whittaker went on to amass a 6 fight winning streak in the UFC.

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Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero

Whittaker fought Yoel Romero for the interim UFC middleweight title at UFC 213 on 8th July 2017. Whittaker pipped Romero via unanimous decision, becoming the first Australian as well as the first New Zealand born fighter to win a UFC title.

Whittaker met Romero in a rematch which took place at UFC 225 on 9 June 2018. Romero missed weight, making the fight a non-title catchweight bout. Robert defeated Romero in a tightly contested bout via split decision.

UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2

Robert Whittaker vs Israel Adesanya

Whittaker recently returned after a lengthy lay-off to face ‘The Last Stylebender’ Israel Adesanya on 6 October 2019 in the headliner of UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia. A rusty looking Whittaker got knocked out emphatically in the second round, handing Adesanya the championship title.

UFC 243 Whittaker v Adesanya

Robert Whittaker Stats

Here is the stats of Robert Whittaker:



Wins by KO/TKO:

  1. 9

Wins by Submission:

  1. 5

WIns by Decision:

  1. 6

Current Titles:

  1. none


  1. 73 12 in (187 cm)


  1. 185 lb / 54 kg

Weight Class:

  1. UFC Middleweight (2014-present)
  2. UFC Welterweight (2009-2014)

Robert Whittaker Record

Listed below is the professional MMA record breakdown of Robert Whittaker:

Loss20-5Israel AdesanyaKO (punches)UFC 24306-Oct-2019
Win20-4Yoel RomeroDecision (split)UFC 22509-Jun-2018
Win19-4Yoel RomeroDecision (unanimous)UFC 21308-Jul-2017
Win18-4Ronaldo SouzaTKO (head kick and punches)UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis15-Apr-2017
Win17-4Derek BrunsonTKO (head kick and punches)UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson27-Nov-2016
Win16-4Rafael NatalDecision (unanimous)UFC 19723-Apr-2016
Win15-4Uriah HallDecision (unanimous)UFC 19315-Nov-2015
Win14-4Brad TavaresKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt10-May-2015
Win13-4Clint HesterTKO (knee and punches)UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping08-Nov-2014
Win12-4Mike RhodesDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Te-Huna vs. Marquardt28-Jun-2014
Loss11-4Stephen ThompsonTKO (punches)UFC 17022-Feb-2014
Loss11-3Court McGeeDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 228-Aug-2013
Win11-2Colton SmithTKO (punches)UFC 16025-May-2013
Win10-2Brad ScottDecision (unanimous)UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson15-Dec-2012
Loss9-2Jesse JuarezDecision (unanimous)Cage Fighting Championships 2118-May-2012
Win9-1Shaun SpoonerTKO (punches)Superfight Australia 1323-Mar-2012
Win8-1Ian BoneTKO (punches)Cage Fighting Championships 1909-Dec-2011
Loss7-1Hoon KimSubmission (triangle choke)Legend Fighting Championship 630-Oct-2011
Win7-0Corey NelsonSubmission (armbar)Cage Fighting Championships 1826-Aug-2011
Win6-0Ben AllowaySubmission (rear-naked choke)Cage Fighting Championships 1703-Jun-2011
Win5-0Nate ThomsonSubmission (rear-naked choke)Cage Fighting Championships 1508-Oct-2010
Win4-0Jay CobainSubmission (armbar)Cage Fighting Championships 1405-Jun-2010
Win3-0Nick ArielKO (punch)Cage Fighting Championships 1212-Mar-2010
Win2-0Richard WalshSubmission (rear-naked choke)Cage Fighting Championships 1120-Nov-2009
Win1-0Chris TallowinTKO (punches)XFC 1414-Mar-2009

Robert Whittaker Wife

Robert Whittaker got married to Sofia Maree Iannelli on Oct 25, 2014. The couple is blessed with two sons and a daughter.

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Robert Whittaker Net Worth 2019

As of 2019, Robert Whittaker's net worth is estimated to be about $1.5 million. Being one of the greatest UFC Fighters, most of his source of income is from mixed martial arts.

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