After Robert Whittaker dismantled Yoel Romero at UFC 213 to win the interim UFC middleweight championship it was revealed that “The Reaper” suffered a nasty knee injury in the fight. The ailment may very well bench Whittaker until early 2018, leaving the door open for a superfight between current middleweight champion Michael Bisping and former welterweight king Georges St-Pierre.
UFC has already jumped at the opportunity to book Bisping vs. GSP, setting the two up to do battle at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. To much surprise, Whittaker doesn’t necessarily mind waiting on the sidelines so the promotion can have its way.
“Yeah, the injury doesn’t matter, to be honest,” Whittaker told ESPN. “Michael’s been bloody harping about that [St-Pierre] fight for how long? The UFC does what it wants. That’s just how it is.”
While Whittaker seemed to really hurt his knee against Romero at UFC 213, the 26-year-old Australian wasn’t ruling out a possible return at UFC 217 if need be, but will now step aside and let UFC do what it does best.
“I would have had to speak to my doctors and coaches, of course, but it’s something I would have considered,” Whittaker said about fighting on Nov. 4. “But Michael Bisping versus Georges St-Pierre is a money fight, and the UFC loves money fights.”
Unlike his fellow middleweights who are in uproar over the scheduled superfight between “The Count” and “Rush,” Whittaker isn’t upset that GSP is getting a 185-pound title shot after a four-year absence.
“Georges isn’t even in this division,” Whittaker said. “It’s not as if someone in the top 10 is jumping the queue. This is a money fight. That’s exactly what it is. It doesn’t bother me. People are going to do what they want. I can’t get upset if it doesn’t work out to my plans, because let’s face it, the UFC is a roller coaster.”
Whatever happens on Nov. 4 between Bisping and the greatest welterweight of all-time shouldn’t really matter to Whittaker. The newly crowned UFC champion is going to face the winner either way, so he should heal up, train harder, and conform to the viewing masses when UFC 217 comes around.
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