Robert Whittaker promises to “punish” Paulo Borrachinha with his blows in the duel between them, which will take place at UFC 298, in February (Photo: Reproduction)
Former UFC middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker is looking for recovery within the company. On February 17th, the Australian will face the Brazilian Paulo Borrachinha on the card UFC 298in Anaheim, California (USA), and wants victory to recover from the tough defeat suffered by Dricus Du Plessis – new champion of the category – in July last year, when he was knocked out by the South African in the second round.
Last Thursday (1st), Robert Whittake participated in a press conference to promote UFC 298, where he said that the setback suffered by Dricus Du Plessis served as a lesson for adjusting some areas of his game and also for his mental evolution. . Proof of this is that the Australian was excited when commenting on the duel against Borrachinha and stated that he doesn’t just want to emerge victorious, but rather “punish” the Minas Gerais native with his blows.
“The fight against Dricus Du Plessis was a good warning sign. I think there was something good about almost everything about that fight. We went back to the gym, looked at things, removed some, added others, made some adjustments and I think it was for the better. I’m going into this fight hungrier than ever. I’ve been focusing a lot on trying to bring that animal back. I’m not in this fight just to win, I’m in it to hurt Borrachinha. I think that mindset is a powerful thing to have,” Whittaker said.
Currently occupying sixth place in the under-84kg division rankings, Paulo Borrachinha has 16 fights in his professional MMA record, where he won 14 of them and was defeated only twice. The Brazilian’s last fight took place in August 2022, when he beat the former category champion, Luke Rockhold, by unanimous decision from the judges. It is worth mentioning that the Brazilian already challenged for the middleweight belt in September 2020, at UFC 253, being defeated by Israel Adesanya via technical knockout in the second round.
Robert Whittaker is 32 years old and, in his professional MMA record, he had 31 fights, winning 24 times and being defeated on seven occasions. The Australian, ranked third in the middleweight rankings, arrived in Ultimate through TUF “The Smashes”, in which he became champion in 2012. Whittaker was interim middleweight champion in 2017, defeating Yoel Romero. The following year, he fought to unify the division title against Israel Adesanya, being knocked out in the second round. The fighters met again in 2022, when the Nigerian won again, this time by unanimous decision.
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