Robert Whittaker scored the biggest win of his career at last night’s (Sat., July 8, 2017) UFC 213 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking out Yoel Romero in the headlining bout to win the interim Middleweight title and secure himself a title unification match against Michael Bisping.
The title fight is expected to go down later this year once “The Count’s” knee is at full health, and I’m sure “The Reaper” would like some time off after going five rounds with “Solider of God.”
But what are the chances the fight doesn’t go down due to Georges St-Pierre stepping in and stealing Whittaker’s shine?
That’s according to UFC president Dana White, who revealed during the post-fight press conference that a fight between Bisping and “Rush” is not even in the equation.
“Listen, we had a press conference for that fight and it didn’t happen. The St-Pierre fight for Bisping has sailed.”
Despite St-Pierre’s last-ditch effort to secure the Bisping bout inside Madison Square Garden in New York in the coming months. White is holding steady with his decision. And it’s a good thing, too, as Whittaker has earned his place at the table following his win over Romero.
And despite Bisping’s attempt to down play the win and the interim belt, “The Reaper” is enjoying his moment.
“I had to fight a five-round war with Yoel Romero,” Whittaker said during the post-fight press conference. “I think if you fight a five-round war with Yoel Romero, you deserve a medal of your own. Because that dude is an absolute ... he’s one of the most dangerous people on the planet. No one wants to fight him, and for good reason,” added Robert.
“I worked hard for that bit of shining metal there. And that’s what that is a symbol of, that I’m now the No. 1 contender while the current champ is on the bench. I’m filling his seat at the moment. I’m taking on the headhunters, I’m taking on those killers and I’m taking on the responsibility of being champion,” he concluded.
Not all is lost for “Rush,” though, as the ex-UFC Welterweight champion of the world will get a chance to reclaim his strap as he is set to face the winner of the upcoming championship match between current champion Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia, which is set for UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California.
For complete UFC 213 coverage, including play-by-play results, click here