Robert Whittaker expresses eagerness to check Khamzat Chimaev's 'high level'

Australian highlights the importance of victory to get closer to the middleweight title again; athletes face each other on June 22

Robert whittaker presents itself in UFC Saudi Arabia. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @robwhittakermma

Looking to gain another chance to compete for the middleweight title (up to 83,9kg.), Robert whittaker agreed to star in the UFC Saudi Arabia against Khamzat Shimaev on June 22nd. Aware that the athlete is undefeated and is seen by many as a potential champion of the category, the Australian wants to test and confirm the 'real level' of his next opponent.

“I'm going to go in there with a speed advantage and a striking advantage. One of his greatest skills is being able to force grappling on his opponents and I think it will be a little more difficult to use his wrestling with me. He will go with utmost confidence. This is something very dangerous. I’m looking forward to testing this out, seeing how real the hype is,” Whittaker said in an interview with 'Mighty Cast'.

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By continuing his speech, Whittaker reinforced the importance of the confrontation against Khamzat.

“I want to have this victory, deserve it. This puts me very close to a title shot,” she concluded.

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Robert whittaker faces Khamzat Shimaev on June 22nd. Photo: Reproduction/Montage SUPER FIGHTS

Protagonists of UFC Saudi Arabia, the athletes are scheduled to face each other on June 22. Currently third in the category rankings, Whittaker is looking to end his opponent's 13-fight unbeaten run. Chimaev is currently considered the favorite by bookmakers in a duel that will mark his first appearance in five rounds.

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