Robert Whittaker Speaks Out on Khamzat Chimaev Ahead of Their Clash

Whittaker Braces for Historic Clash with Undefeated Chimaev

Anticipation Builds for Riyadh Showdown

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is gearing up for what promises to be one of the most eagerly awaited clashes in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship against the undefeated phenomenon Khamzat Chimaev. The pair are set to headline UFC’s inaugural event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on June 22, marking a historic moment for the sport.

Whittaker’s Preparation and Respect for Chimaev

In a recent interview with the MMArcade Podcast, Whittaker shared his thoughts on the upcoming match and his eagerness to step back into the octagon with Chimaev. “I understand the task ahead of me,” Whittaker stated, emphasizing the challenge Chimaev poses and his readiness to push himself to the limit in training. Despite Chimaev’s formidable record, Whittaker expressed respect for his opponent’s skill and fighting spirit, highlighting the anticipation of a genuine contest between two warriors determined to leave everything in the octagon.

The Path to the Title

UFC President Dana White has confirmed that the winner of this match will be next in line for a title shot, adding an extra layer of motivation for Whittaker. He reminisced about his recent victory over Paulo Costa and how it has prepared him for this moment. With the goal of reclaiming the belt firmly in his sights, Whittaker is ready for the hard fight that lies ahead.

Chimaev’s Dominance and Strategy

Khamzat Chimaev, coming off a dominant win against former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, is known for his wrestling prowess and effective use of reach. Whittaker acknowledged Chimaev’s strengths but remained confident in his own abilities. “He likes to play the villain,” Whittaker noted, but assured fans that their upcoming match would be a fair and fiercely contested battle.


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“I understand the task I have in front of me,” said Robert Whittaker.

“It’s a good thing I had no injuries after the last match.”

“I fought four or five weeks ago at this point. I’m ready.”

“Every tough match takes my skills to the next level, and this gives me the chance to get the belt back – and that’s the goal.”


“He’s a tough fighter. He likes to wrestle a lot. He uses his reach effectively. He has knockout power,” said Whittaker about Khamzat.

“He likes to play the villain against his opponents, but he is a fair fighter.”

“We will go in there and we will have a real match. We will both leave everything in there. He’s not one to give up, I’m not one to give up, so I look forward to making history in Saudi Arabia.”

“As the showdown in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, draws near, MMA fans are poised for a potentially epic confrontation that will test the skills and willpower of two of the sport’s most respected fighters. Whittaker’s preparation and focus on reclaiming the title, coupled with Chimaev’s undefeated record and dominance in the cage, promise a fight that will be remembered for years to come.”

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