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Robert Whittaker

UFC Champion

Born on the 20th of December 1990 in Middlemore Hospital New Zealand, and moving to Menai in Sydney shortly after, Robert Whittaker started his athletic career in Junior Rugby League when he was only 5 years old. It was evident that from an early age Robert was seen as an athletic prospect, an athlete with tenacious drive and a natural ability in whatever sport he committed to. Robert continued to excel in Rugby League until the age of 18, in which time he played in 2 grand finals for Kingsgrove Colts and also played in the NRL development program with the Cronulla Sharks.

It was Robert’s early enrolment in martial arts that would eventually pave the way to his true calling however. At 7 years old Robert’s father, Jack (believer in the value of martial arts) would enrol Robert into “Go Ju-Ryu” Karate, and after years of refining his skill, Robert received his Junior black belt at 14 years old. With a change in sporting focus, Robert decided to apply more time to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), taking to the sport immediately – He quickly made his mark on the Australian MMA scene with an explosive and entertaining fighting style.

2012 was a breakout year for Whittaker, and after some glittering performances on the local Australian MMA scene, he earned a place on the globally televised UFC Series, “The Ultimate Fighter– The Smashes”. Robert went on to win the series, confirming a contract offer from the UFC and a decision to stop playing Rugby League and to pursue a full time professional career as an MMA athlete.

On a 9 fight unbeaten streak in the UFC, Robert created history as Australia/New Zealand’s first to claim a UFC Championship Belt after defeating #1 ranked middleweight contender, Yoel Romero at UFC213 in Las Vegas, NV. He once again defeated Romero at UFC225 in June of 2018, cementing him as the undisputed champion of the UFC middleweight division.

On November 14 2018, Rob received the prestigious GQ Sportsman Of The Year award in Sydney. Currently, Rob is the number 1 contender in the UFC Middleweight Division.

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