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Robert Whittaker Issues Statement Following UFC 290 Defeat, Sets Sights on Redemption

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Former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker gracefully accepts defeat.

UFC 290 proved to be a challenging night for Whittaker as he suffered his third loss in the 185-pound weight class. Despite entering the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with aspirations of a title clash against Israel Adesanya, Whittaker was unable to secure the victory.

Initially favored to win against Dricus Du Plessis from South Africa, Whittaker showcased a strong performance in the first half of the opening round. However, Du Plessis gained momentum and dominated the latter part of the round with ground and pound punches and submission attempts. In the second round, Du Plessis continued his dominance, eventually dropping Whittaker with a jab and securing a TKO upset win, earning him a shot at the title.

In a video posted on Twitter, Whittaker congratulated Du Plessis and acknowledged his own shortcomings in the fight. He emphasized the importance of challenges and obstacles in building character and resilience.

Prior to UFC 290, Whittaker had only suffered a loss to Adesanya in the middleweight division. Known for his ability to bounce back, the Australian legend aims to continue that trend and redeem himself before the end of 2024.

Whittaker expressed his determination to come back stronger and aims to step into the octagon again before the year concludes. His goal is to end the year with a victory and reintroduce the feared persona of the “Reaper” that fans are familiar with. However, he also emphasized the need for rest and recuperation with his family before returning to training.

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  • Ilia Topuria vows to finish Alexander Volkanovski in the first round, sparking a response from the champion.
  • Alexander Volkanovski’s status as the best fighter in the world is debated in the latest pound-for-pound rankings.
  • Dan Hooker reveals his plans for two surgeries after breaking his arm during his fight against Jalin Turner.
  • Social media highlights include Robbie Lawler’s remarkable ending, Alexander Volkanovski’s greatness, and Dricus Du Plessis’ performance at UFC 290.
  • EA Sports UFC 5 has been announced with a full reveal planned for September.
  • Brandon Moreno receives praise for fighting with a broken hand in his four-round battle at UFC 290.
  • Wanderlei Silva announces a boxing match against Brazilian bodybuilder Felipe Franco.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about redemption

Q: Who did Robert Whittaker lose to at UFC 290?

A: Robert Whittaker lost to Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 290.

Q: What are Robert Whittaker’s plans following his defeat?

A: Robert Whittaker plans to redeem himself by securing a victory before the end of the year.

Q: How has Robert Whittaker performed in rebound efforts after previous defeats?

A: Robert Whittaker has performed impressively in rebound efforts after previous defeats, demonstrating his resilience and determination.

Q: What other news and updates are included in the text?

A: The text includes news and updates about Alexandre Pantoja, Ilia Topuria, Alexander Volkanovski, Dan Hooker, social media highlights, the announcement of EA Sports UFC 5, Brandon Moreno’s praise, and Wanderlei Silva’s boxing match announcement.

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mmafan88 July 13, 2023 - 10:06 am

wow, wittaker is such a class act even after a tough loss. he’s a true champ. can’t wait to see him come bak stronger and close the year with a win. #ResilientWarrior

fightfanatic23 July 13, 2023 - 5:48 pm

Dricus Du Plessis with the big upset! Whittaker needs to regroup and come bak stronger. Du Plessis earned that title shot. #UnderdogStory

champ4ever July 13, 2023 - 6:50 pm

Whittaker’s loss just proves how tough the middleweight division is. But he’s a former champ for a reason. He’ll be back with a vengeance. #RespectTheReaper

mma_junkie July 13, 2023 - 8:59 pm

Whittaker vs. Du Plessis was a war! Both fighters left it all in the octagon. Whittaker’s determination is inspiring. Can’t wait to see his next fight. #FightOfTheNight

kooldude007 July 13, 2023 - 11:26 pm

LOL, Whittaker admits he didn’t show up to fight. mad respect for his honesty tho. he’ll def bounce back, he always does. #ReaperMode


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