Robert Whittaker is the number one ranked middleweight and former champion, he is fighting against Kelvin Gastelum on Saturday at UFC on ESPN 22, he would most likely be the next title challenger if he wins this fight.
But the champion doesn’t seem to be interested in fighting the former champ, but Whittaker is positive that he will get his rematch sooner or later.
“Who knows? Maybe I’ll surprise everybody,” Whittaker told MMA Junkie at Wednesday’s media day at the UFC Apex. “We’ll wait and see. My calendar and scheduling only goes up until Saturday because it’s going to be a hard fight. I can’t look past him.”
When asked about whether he had to face some problems after a quick change of opponents, he said, “Fortunately, I was given a month to (prepare), and I had previously camped for Gastelum, as well,”
Whittaker said. “Both things just lead up into my favor with actually accepting the change, but also, I’ve had fights recently with southpaws, so it’s not too much of a stretch, too different. Obviously, stylistically Gastelum and Costa are two very different fighters, but it is what it is.”
“The real thing is I’m a very different beast than I was back then,” Robert Whittaker is positive that he will beat Kelvin Gastelum
These two have seen each other before at The Ultimate Fighter, and he said that he is even better now, and will beat Gastelum, he said “The real thing is I’m a very different beast than I was back then. I feel like from a technical point of view, I’m a much more complete athlete – but as well as the mental game, which only reinforces all of that. It’s just never been better.”
He added, “I’m hoping I can go out and dominate him, but I’m expecting an absolute war. We’re both very well-rounded. He’s got dangerous power. He can wrestle, grapple. He’s tough as nails. I can do the same. Yeah, I expect the worst, hope for the best.”