Manager: Whittaker hopes to fight Weidman in November
UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker's manager Titus Day spoke recently with Nick Walshaw for Australia's Daily Telegraph about the fighter's plans for the near future. If Don't Call Me Bobby Knuckles' broken right hand continues unhindered, he hopes to fight at Madison Square Garden at UFC 231 in November/December. His opponent of choice is apparently Chris Weidman.
“Madison Square Garden is a possibility,” said Day. “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."
“I’ve spoken to Rob this week and he definitely wants to be ready by the end of the year. 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.”
While Vegas is the center of the MMA world, Madison Square Garden is the mecca for combat sports. Great Australian boxers like Jeff Fenech, Kosta Tszyu, Michael Katsidis, and Jeff Horn never fought inside MSG. A fight there would further cement Whittaker as a major star Downunder.