On Saturday at Accor Arena in France, former champion Whittaker (24-6 MMA, 15-4 UFC) eliminated another top contender in Vettori (18-6-1 MMA, 8-4-1 UFC) via unanimous decision. Even though "The Reaper" lost his rematch with current champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 271, in February, he put on a great performance.
Whittaker has stated that he will stop at nothing to regain the UFC championship belt around his waist.
“I’m a fiend for progress,” Whittaker said.
“I want to move forward. I’m hunting that gold still. So I’m always going to lurking around, just destroying who they put in front of me until I get a chance to gobble up that gold.
“I’m the most dangerous man in the division. Israel’s the champ. He beat me twice. Hat’s off to him for that. He’s a great fighter, he really is. And I think stylistically he’s a great fighter. I still think I’m the most dangerous man in the division because I win. I win a lot, and I make people hate fighting and I take the fight out of them. That’s what I do. I get in there and I get to work.”
On November 12th, at UFC 281, in New York, Adesanya is slated to defend his title against Alex Pereira. Whittaker claims he doesn't care who wins as long as he gets another fight with the winner, but he does want revenge for his two losses to Adesanya and believes the third bout will go differently.
“He knocked me out the first one then the second one was a really close decision,” Whittaker said.
“I’m not butt hurt about it, but on another day it could’ve been my win. Mentally that’s massive. It’s very hard to explain how it feels to get knocked out and lose your belt like that. It sucks. There’s a bit of a learning process afterward. A picking-up-of-the-pieces process. I conquered most of them.”