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Robert Whittaker

Robert Whittaker is one of the best fighters in the promotion. ‘The Reaper’ is known for his dynamic striking and lovable personality. He is a former UFC middleweight champion and holds a record of 15-4 in the UFC and a professional MMA record of 25-6.

UFC fighter Robert Whittaker
UFC fighter Robert Whittaker (Credit: UFC)

The former UFC middleweight champion currently sits at #2 in the UFC middleweight rankings. He is a talented wrestler and has also competed in the welterweight division. Whittaker fought a variety of fighters over the years and has significant victories over Yoel Romero, Derek Brunson, Daren Till, Kelvin Gastelum, Marvin Vettori, Jared Cannonier, and Uriah Hall to name a few.

Robert Whittaker defeats Marvin Vettori
Robert Whittaker defeats Marvin Vettori (Credit: UFC)

Apart from the UFC, Whittaker has competed in freestyle wrestling tournaments. Back in 2015, he competed in the Australia Cup in Canberra and won each of his three bouts.

He then won the gold medal at the Australian National Wrestling Championships in May of 2017 and later qualified to compete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Career Highlights

Robert Whittaker made his UFC debut in TUF (The Ultimate Fighter): The Smashes. After winning the competition as a welterweight, Whittaker went on to beat talented contenders like Colton Smith, Mike Rhodes, and Brad Scott.

Whittaker then moved up to the middleweight division, where he still competes. ‘The Reaper’ defeated top contenders like Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, Kelvin Gastelum, Marvin Vettori,  Yoel Romero, Uriah Hall, Rafael Natal, Derek Brunson, Jacare Souza, and Ronaldo Souza.

Robert Whittaker in his fight with Yoel Romero (Credit: UFC)
Robert Whittaker in his fight with Yoel Romero (Credit: UFC)

Whittaker became the interim champion after defeating Yoel Romero at UFC 213. He also became the middleweight champion after Georges St-Pierre left the promotion as a champion. However, he lost the belt after losing to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243.

Robert Whittaker in his fight against Israel Adesanya
Robert Whittaker in his fight against Israel Adesanya (Credit: UFC)

After that loss, Whittaker bounced back with victories over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum. Hoping to reclaim the title, Whittaker fought Adesanya again at UFC 271.

However, in the second bout, Whittaker lost the bout via a controversial split decision. He bounced back with a victory over Marvin Vettori.

Net Worth

According to reports, Whittaker’s total net worth is estimated to be around $4 million. But some sources suggest the number is less than that. Whittaker’s primary source of income comes from his fighting career.

‘The Reaper’ earned around $632,000 in his second bout with Adesanya. Whittaker’s biggest prize money was against Romero which is estimated to be around $660,000. Apart from this, he also receives brand endorsements and sponsorship money.

Foundations and Endorsements

Whittaker is the owner of the gym Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Smeaton Grange. He also has a clothing brand named Reaper Gear.

Other than that, Whittaker has lucrative deals with Rival Sports, Reaper Gear, Kaplan Homes, Musashi Nutrition, Bethesda ANZ, Sweat Central, Live Athlete, Rival Sports Management, Stand Strong Boxing, and Bethesda.

Wife and Family

Robert Whittaker is married to Sofia Whittaker. They got engaged in 2013 and have been married since 2014. He has 4 children with Sofia – three sons John, Jack, and Jace, and a daughter, Lilliana.

Robert Whittaker with his family
Robert Whittaker with his family (Credit: Twitter)

Whittaker holds classes for youths at his gym in Australia. He often visits some parts of Australia and serves the indigenous people and the youth communities.

 

Name Robert Whittaker
Date of Birth 20 December 1990 (age 31)
Born Sydney, Australia
Nickname The Reaper
Height 6 ft (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Reach 73 in (187 cm)
Record 25-6
Stance Orthodox

How to contact Robert Whittaker

Instagram: @robwhittakermma

Twitter: @robwhittakermma

Facebook: @RobertWhittakerMMA

Website: www.robwhittaker.co

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