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Robert Whittaker Will “Likely” be Sidelined Until 2018…

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

Maybe Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre will happen after all?

If you watched UFC 213 earlier this month, then you know that Robert Whittaker injured his knee, during his decision win over Yoel Romero. Well, now the newly crowned, interim 185 champ is reporting that the injury is pretty serious, and as a result, he probably won’t fight for the rest of 2017…

According to a report from MMA Fighting, Whittaker recently spoke with the Australian Daily Telegraph, which appears to be behind a paid, subscription wall. In the interview, the New Zealand born, Australian fighter reportedly said that he will “likely” be out for the rest of the year, due to injuries.

In addition, Whittaker also said this about the ligament injury he’s dealing with:

“But I’m extremely lucky to have a great sports doc in Andrew McDonald. He works with South Sydney (as head of medical) so he’s seen a lot of sports injuries and knows his athletes well.

“The injury itself, it’s not really my job to understand. All I can say is that it’s a serious grade two medial … and hurt like hell when it happened.”

So, if Whittaker isn’t going to fight again until 2018, then it’s hard to imagine that the UFC won’t look to have Bisping compete. The middleweight champ has been sidelined with a knee injury as well, but he’s expected to be ready to return this fall. So, when you consider Bisping hasn’t fought since last October, and how much he wants to fight GSP, maybe this fight could come back in play?

Whittaker was also reportedly asked about Bisping, in terms of the champ fighting in the interim, and he said this:

“No, not at all,’ said Whittaker, while discussing if he cares if Bisping competes. “I’ve never worried about what other fighters do and that’s served me well in the past.”

It will be interesting to see what happens. Dana White has said the UFC’s moved on from Bisping – GSP, but don’t be surprised if this fight winds up on the next, NYC card as the latter was hoping for.

 

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