Manager Claims Robert Whittaker May Fight In November, Names Chris Weidman As Possible Opponent

MMA

UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker is coming off of a decision win over Yoel Romero at UFC 225, but also suffered a hand injury in the process.

Titus Day serves as Whittaker’s manager and he claims that the middleweight champion may be back in action by November, even naming former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman as a possible foe.

Fighters Predict Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling At UFC 259

“So Madison Square Garden is a possibility,” Day said to The Daily Telegraph. “Rob’s the middleweight champ and his last two fights have been wars. So if his hand heals up as quickly as we’re hoping, we would definitely push for him to compete at the greatest fight arena in the world. And Chris Weidman, as the former champ, would be a perfect rival for that fight.”

Weidman has been out of action for almost a year, with his last bout coming against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC On Fox 25.

Day also believes that the surging interest in Whittaker from the United States fan base will make him a big draw come November.

“I’ve spoken to Rob this week and he definitely wants to be ready by the end of the year,” Day said. “His surgery went well, it was a clean break which is the best you can get, and there doesn’t seem to have been any complications. So if all goes well, we’ll definitely look at that New York card. It’s traditionally one of the biggest on the UFC calendar and after the way Rob has won his last two fights over in the States, there is huge interest in him now.”

The UFC has yet to announce their November event, but for the last two years, it was held at Madison Square Garden.

Get exclusive combat sports content on Fightful Select, our premium news service! Click here to learn more.
From The Web