Robert Whittaker: UFC giving title shots to fighters who miss weight is ‘not fair’

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by KazDibiase, Aug 27, 2018.

  1. KazDibiase

    KazDibiase "My style is kneeing people in the face."

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2015
    Messages:
    5,645
    Likes Received:
    28,095
    Robert Whittakerwants the punishments to be steep for fighters who miss weight. instead, the UFC seems to be going in the opposite direction.


    Yoel Romero missed weight at UFC 221in February, only to beat Luke Rockholdand earn a title shot against Whittaker at UFC 225 in June. Romero, of course, missed weight prior to the Whittaker bout and was unable to win the middleweight belt had he been victorious. Whittaker ended up winning by split decision.

    Whittaker, 27, seems to find the whole thing ludicrous, he said Monday at a media lunch to promote Wednesday’s premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 28.


    “It’s like me going down to bantamweight, not making weight, winning because I’m much bigger and then getting a title shot,” said Whittaker, who coaches opposite Kelvin Gastelumon TUF 28. “It’s not fair. It’s not fair. Because on the flip side, the guys that are making weight don’t make it easy. It wasn’t easy to cut weight and make weight and do the job. We still had to struggle, we still had to diet weeks out. We’re just more professional at it. We just did it right.”

    Whittaker (20-4) said he thought about not fighting Romero when he missed weight at UFC 225 in Chicago, but it was a nearly impossible decision to make. He wanted to fight, flew a long way from Australia to compete, needed to get paid and didn’t want to let down all of his fans.

    “The people who do make weight are also in a hard position,” Whittaker said. “Because they’re in a position where they still need to make money to pay the bills, to earn a wage, to do their job. But they also have the support of hundreds of thousands of people who have come to see them fight or that are watching them on TV to watch a fight. The fans. That’s kind of why you fight — they drive the sport.


    “When you ask a guy, ‘Are you gonna take a fight if your opponent doesn’t make weight?’ Is it really asking? Does he really have a choice? When you back the into a corner like that, is there really a choice to be made? You have to look at the whole process behind it.”

    “It’s a very funny topic, missing weight and getting title shots,” Whittaker said. “I think the punishments should be more severe, but I don’t know.”

    https://www.mmafighting.com/platfor...&utm_source=twitter&__twitter_impression=true

    <mma4>

    Bobby Knuckles talking facts
     
  2. 13 others

    13 others Brown Belt

    Joined:
    May 16, 2016
    Messages:
    3,958
    Likes Received:
    11,412
    <DCrying><DCrying>
     
    LouisBolanos likes this.
  3. LouisBolanos

    LouisBolanos Popcorn tastes good

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2014
    Messages:
    28,695
    Likes Received:
    118,049
    Location:
    Lake Jackson
  4. Soul On Ice

    Soul On Ice Arguably Never Lost

    Joined:
    May 12, 2010
    Messages:
    25,544
    Likes Received:
    94,577
    Location:
    5th floor cooking raw
    Trying to get 4.2 billion back by being a legit sports org.
    That shit take too long.
     
  5. DorianGray

    DorianGray Black Belt

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2014
    Messages:
    5,566
    Likes Received:
    5,265
    always interesting to get insights like this. I'm not sure I agree entirely, but he makes some valid points
     
    FireKidWS likes this.
  6. mmacasualviewer

    mmacasualviewer Hardcores vs Casuals

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2017
    Messages:
    8,145
    Likes Received:
    5,388
    Location:
    Strong Island
    He won 2 decisions against an overhyped bodybuilder with gas tank and striking range issues.

    He did not fight Playboy-Wonderboy(Rockhold), Still-My-Wonderboy(Weidman) or against Military-Cardio-Bisping. 3 very large fighters in the division who make weight. Can at least attempt long range attacks for 2 or 3 rounds.

    It's ironic because where he is now even in promotability is because of B-side Romero.
     
  7. WhiteMousse

    WhiteMousse Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2015
    Messages:
    3,784
    Likes Received:
    4,955
    Location:
    Stratholme
    Well he's right.

    Motherfuckers know they can miss weight and then just put the ball in the champ's court. If he declines everyone says he's a pussy.
     
    Krixes, lsa, Sansnom and 23 others like this.
  8. beephin

    beephin Black Belt

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2013
    Messages:
    5,842
    Likes Received:
    23,404
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Fighters would rather give up a small piece of their purse than go through hell cutting those last few pounds. The trend will continue. Punishments aren't harsh enough for missing weight.
     
  9. CannotWin

    CannotWin Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2010
    Messages:
    2,980
    Likes Received:
    3,040
    Location:
    Rio de Janeiro
    lol what the fuck are you going on about, buddeh?

    Romero and Whittaker are legit.
     
    ScholarDayo, Cooliox, lsa and 12 others like this.
  10. XxWolfXx

    XxWolfXx WOLF BELT

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    7,058
    Likes Received:
    21,301
    Location:
    Michigan
    Pussy
     
  11. Diunx

    Diunx Banned Banned

    Joined:
    May 4, 2018
    Messages:
    2,433
    Likes Received:
    7,332
    That overhyped bodybuilder KOd two of the guys you are mentioning, wtf are you talking about?
     
  12. XxWolfXx

    XxWolfXx WOLF BELT

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    7,058
    Likes Received:
    21,301
    Location:
    Michigan
    Whaaaaaaaat?
     
  13. Tylerl90

    Tylerl90 Purple Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2017
    Messages:
    1,743
    Likes Received:
    1,929
    Boom! Right on the money.
     
    Mohawk Banditó and Ingjr like this.
  14. XxWolfXx

    XxWolfXx WOLF BELT

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    7,058
    Likes Received:
    21,301
    Location:
    Michigan
    Lol This.
     
  15. Kertol

    Kertol Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2013
    Messages:
    3,596
    Likes Received:
    3,270
    They shouldn't market themselves as such then. That's my issue with it.
     
    Mohawk Banditó likes this.
  16. IndyCovaHart

    IndyCovaHart Gold Belt

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2003
    Messages:
    21,437
    Likes Received:
    21,757
    Titles lost legitimacy a long time ago.

    Only those riding the short bus think belts like the one Habib is wearing are thicker than toilet paper.
     
    ArtOfDrowning, MPD-Psycho and kuka45 like this.
  17. Jackonfire

    Jackonfire Senior Modulator Staff Member Senior Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2009
    Messages:
    46,314
    Likes Received:
    73,268
    Location:
    The Mother Ship
    He's right. Fat asses like Romero rob him of a title defense even though he won. Similar to Anderson/Lutter.
     
  18. Goon Dog

    Goon Dog Furio Belt

    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Messages:
    7,510
    Likes Received:
    5,370
    Location:
    Carolina
    It's funny how a professional fighter can give his insider perspective on a hot topic, take the time to explain why, and armchair warriors choose to call him out essentially as a cry baby or a pussy. What a crock of shit. And what's much worse, the so-called leadership of the largest MMA promotion in the world agrees with them. Most times I'm anti-labor union. Necessary in the beginning but a hindrance now. Well, this is the beginning of MMA. The fighters need bargaining power and neither the UFC nor casual fans gives a shit about them.
     
    Cooliox, M.V.C., MPD-Psycho and 15 others like this.
  19. Prince Nephilim

    Prince Nephilim Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2015
    Messages:
    4,955
    Likes Received:
    6,104
    Never seen one man bitch so much after winning
     
  20. Shcooby Dooby Doo

    Shcooby Dooby Doo Green Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2018
    Messages:
    1,206
    Likes Received:
    1,517
    not sure which promotion does it, but a good start to tackling this weight cutting is to dock 1 point at the beginning of round 1 for the fighter who fails to make the weight cut.
    Still dock them the purse too. 30% or even 40% if it's for the title.
    But, mainly they go into the 1st round 10-9. this means the fighter could coast through the first round and make fatty failed weight cut opponent do all the work.
     
    JRY82 likes this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.