“I feel they should be worried, but for other reasons,” Whittaker said via MMAJunkie at an open workout session in Australia. “I feel that Yoel gave me his best in 10 rounds and couldn’t put me away. I went 10 rounds with a monster. No one else has.”
Despite acknowledging his upcoming rival’s mixed martial arts prowess, the middleweight champion thinks he’s at his best form that Gastelum should be scared of. Fighting at his own soil, the Australian fighter reveals why he thinks he’s winning Sunday’s bout.
“It’s definitely not a step-down,” Whittaker said of his matchup with Gastelum. “I respect his abilities. He’s a dangerous fighter. I’m going to come in there hungry, with nothing to lose. That’s one of the most dangerous combinations.”
“Look it’s a fight so who knows? Anything can happen. But I can tell you I’m coming into this Sunday in the greatest form of my fighting career,” Whittaker told News Corp Australia
“And that’s a scary prospect for Kelvin. Because even on my worst day I’m an extremely dangerous fighter. But right now, my stand up game is at a highest. It’s become a real strength for me, I’m ready to go.”
Whittaker (20-4) and Gastelum (15-3) are headlining the esteemed promotion’s first pay-per-view event this year at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Robert Whittaker and Instagram/Kelvin Gastelum