Whittaker confirms fight against Vettori at UFC 275 in Singapore

Robert Whittaker confirms fight against Marvin Vettori at UFC 275 in Singapore, with Aussie middleweight ‘stoked’ to have three-rounder against ‘tough cookie’

  • Robert Whittaker recently suffered defeat in his rematch with Israel Adesanya 
  • Australian went five rounds with the champion and impressed despite the loss 
  • He will take on Marvin Vettori next at UFC 275 in Singapore on June 12
  • Whittaker has spoken about possibility of moving to light-heavyweight in future 

Robert Whittaker will take on Marvin Vettori at UFC 275 in Singapore in his next fight having dropped the title rematch with Israel Adesanya. 

The Australian middleweight shared the poster on Twitter with the caption: ‘Once more into the fray’. 

Both men have tasted defeat by Adesanya twice but are desperate to scramble back up for another crack at the champion. 

Robert Whittaker will take on Marvin Vettori in his next fight at UFC 275 in Singapore

Whittaker is coming off a points defeat by the middleweight champion Israel Adesanya

There are few options for Whittaker but having never locked horns with the Italian, it was the obvious choice. 

Whittaker told Wide World Of Sports: ‘It is a tricky position to be in, for me and Marvin. The only goal for either of us, really, is to get back at that title shot with Adesanya.

‘He’s the only guy I haven’t fought yet so it’s just logical to make this fight happen, and it definitely looks good for either one of us to come away with the win.

‘He’s a tough cookie,’ Whittaker said of the Italian. He’s very tough, he’s resilient and he’s got cardio for days – he’s well rounded. Those sort of traits altogether make for a very dangerous opponent.

‘I’ll be going into this fight with the respect it deserves and as I’ve done in every other fight, absolute seriousness.’

The former champion is used to fighting in five-rounders as a main event but UFC 275 will be headlined by the light-heavyweight title clash between Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka. 

Whittaker is delighted not to have the weight of a 25-minute encounter hanging over him. 

He said: ‘It changes everything – I wouldn’t have taken this fight if it was five rounds. I’m so over fighting five rounds.

‘To be able to fight three rounds, I’m stoked, I’m over the moon – everything was just lining up to take this fight and when good fortune favours you like this, you’ve got to go for it.’

Whittaker may end up moving to light-heavyweight in an attempt to break new ground if his spell at middleweight goes stale.  

But a big win over Vettori and he will potentially only be one fight away from an Adesanya trilogy.  

The 31-year-old is toying with the idea of moving up to light-heavyweight in the future

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