"It's an accumulation of a lot of efforts from a lot of different parties".
"It was unstable. I think if he would have landed a good one I would have dropped". "He was disgusted when I was holding the belt. but here I am, this is the belt for the number one contender and we are destined to fight".
Robert Whittaker, victor of TUF: The Smashes entered the cage Saturday night riding a seven fight win streak.
UFC debutant Gaethje was badly rocked twice in the opening round as Johnson made a fast start, but the former World Series of Fighting lightweight champ came roaring back to stop No.5-ranked Johnson late in the second to announce himself as a major threat in the UFC's talent-packed 155lb division. He has never fought past the third round, and in the event this goes the distance, Whittaker's steady offensive output just plays better on scorecards than Romero's outbursts.
The fight between Bisping and St-Pierre was actually announced in March but in subsequent months, UFC president Dana White has stated numerous times that the bout is no longer in the works and the middleweight champion would instead face the victor of the upcoming fight between Whittaker and Romero. Still, he was determined to power through it, even though he couldn't push off with it and it obviously affected his ability fight.
The "Soldier of God" delighted the crowd with some flips through the air as he entered the ring - but luckily for Bobby Knuckles, this wasn't an acrobatics contest.
Robert Whittaker, "The Reaper", put on a masterful comeback performance against Yoel Romero in the UFC 213 main event, claiming the interim middleweight belt via unanimous decision: 48-47, 48-47, 48-47.
But from the third round it was one-way traffic.
Bisping, 38, borrowed from the book of pro wrestling in order to hype the fight when he approached Whittaker inside the cage on Saturday.
At the same time, Bisping has been open about continuing to want to fight St. Pierre, and a match against the French-Canadian appears to be both more lucrative and less risky, so it's no surprise the Englishman would want to fight St. Pierre in one of the final fights of his professional career.
The victor will be the interim 185-pound champion while champ Michael Bisping recovers from injury. At that point, Bisping might have been a slight favorite, but that certainly wouldn't be the case today: The 26-year-old Australian is a gifted talent who has since evolved into one of the division's most unsafe fighters.
Whittaker, who has now won his last eight fights, is next expected to face Michael Bisping, once the Cypriot-born fighter recovers from a knee injury.
Whittaker was more bemused than angry. "I'm always just assuming my opponent's that much better than me anyway". The striking game is my game and I'm fast, I'm powerful, I have hurting power. "I sustained an injury in camp".
"To tell you the truth, I did not feel very exhausted", he said.
Looking at Whittaker's belt, Bisping sneered and said, "That makes me sick".