Now that Robert Whittaker has added the UFC’s interim middleweight title to his resume, he’s turning his sights to Michael Bisping.
Whittaker faced off with Yoel Romero for the interim belt on Saturday at UFC 213, and outscored the decorated wrestler for the unanimous decision win. Although Bisping has been pushing hard for a fight with Georges St-Pierre, Dana White has said the promotion’s moved on from that bout, and that the British star will fight the interim champ next.
So, following Whittaker’s win on Saturday, which was his eighth in a row, he was asked about Bisping on the post-fight, FS 1 show. Here is some of what the Australian fighter had to say (quote via FS 1 press release):
“That’s going to be a tough fight. You’ve got all the experience. I have respect for you. I’m the sort of fighter who goes in without emotions. It’s a sport. But in my rugby days it was whatever happens on the field, stays on the field.”
“We were supposed to fight once. We had a game plan then and it’s tucked away. We’ll bring it back out when it’s time. It’s Australia vs. England, which is always massive. It’s been a journey. I’ve got the best team in the world. This fight means nothing after this.”
Whittaker and Bisping were supposed to fight at UFC 193 in 2015, but the latter had to withdraw due to injury. Whittaker ended up taking on Uriah Hall, and won via unanimous decision.
White was also asked to comment on Bisping – Whittaker during the post-fight show, and it certainly sounds like that’s the direction the UFC is still headed:
“Robert is 26 years old, he’s great and has an amazing team behind him. Bisping doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves. He always puts pressure on you, pushes the fight, punches, kicks, and wrestles. Plus, this is England vs. Australia, which is great.”
So, based off that comment, it sounds like the championship fight could go down in Australia or Britain?