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Robert Whittaker Says He’s Open to Fighting Anyone After UFC 225 Win

June 15, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Robert Whittaker spoke with MMAjunkie following his win over Yoel Romero at UFC 225. Highlights are below:

On being injured in the first round of the fight: “This guy seems to be a jinx. Every time I go up against him, I leave with a serious injury.”

On working around the broken hand: “I accumulated a lot of total significant strikes with just the one hand and the kicks.”

On Romero handling the shots: “For him just to keep walking through like that was ridiculous. Especially in the sense that I had fought him a year ago, and he wasn’t walking through shots like that a year ago. Whatever kung-fu stuff he was working on in the year time, it definitely paid dividends.”

On a possible third fight with Romero: “I’ve beat him twice now, and he did not make weight (this time). A lot of people don’t realize this, but I didn’t need to take that fight. I made the weight. I did everything in my contract obligations. I could’ve just gotten paid and walked away. … He was lucky to get that fight in the first place…It’s not relief (to not have to fight Romero again). It’s just that I’ve beaten him twice now, and one of those times he didn’t make weight. The only thing to do next would be to fight with no gloves, with no weight limit in some car park somewhere. I have given this guy every opportunity to fight me as comfortable as he can.”

On who he’ll face next: “I know who’s there. It doesn’t bother me. I’ve never been one to pick my opponents. They just need to prove it to the UFC. They need to take fights and work to be the No. 1 contender.”