Robert Whittaker in TMZ studio promoting TUF and telling stories

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Robert Whittaker stopped by the TMZ studio for some interview time and to tell some stories. He’s also there to promote the new season of TUF, which airs tomorrow night. He’s coaching alongside Kelvin Gastelum and the two are making the world tour to promote the show. The hosts really have a thing for Yoel Romero and he is the subject throughout most of it.

Whittaker actually tells a funny story regarding Romero, sort of. He revealed that he’d rather fight Yoel Romero and someone else every Saturday, then do what he did the last time he came over from Australia. He had a 15-hour flight and had three children under the age of 3 with him.

That sounds terrible and even worse, he was sitting in economy. I get it, Mr. Whittaker. While getting punched in the face by Romero sounds better, it’s not by much.

Now, just imagine how the people sitting around you felt for 15 hours.

TUF Heavy Hitters. Preview of the new TUF season airing this Wednesday

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The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters, will be airing this Wednesday on FS1. This season of TUF will be coached by Kelvin Gastelum and Robert Whittaker. At the end of the season, the coaches will square off, which means Kelvin Gastelum will get a middleweight title shot against Whittaker.

“Season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter debuts on Wednesday, August 29 live on FS1. Heavyweights and women’s featherweights take center stage this season with middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum as coaches.”

As for the show itself, it’s competition between male heavyweights and the women’s Cyborg division. I say ‘Cyborg division’ because the UFC are looking to put together a 145-pound division for Cris Cyborg, who has seemingly run out of credible opponents at featherweight. They desperately need female fighters at 145 pounds and putting all of them on the show is the way to try and jump-start the division.

Many fans have given up on TUF because they think it’s changed. As someone who’s been watching it since its inception, I can tell you that it has changed, but for the better. The show focuses more on the fights and less on drunken shenanigans, which is what fans have always wanted from the show.

Wish granted.

TUF 28 ‘Heavy Hitters’ cast revealed by UFC. Set to air in August

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It was announced by the UFC last week that TUF 28 will be coached by two former cast winners. TUF Smashes winner and current UFC middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, will be one coach. The other coach will be TUF 17 winner, Kelvin Gastelum. The show is set to air on August 29.

TUF 28 will feature a mixed weight and gender cast, once again. The contestants will have 8 male heavyweights and 8 female featherweights. As always, they will fight on the show and the winners will compete on the finale card. The finale will air on November 30. Coaches, Gastelum and Whittaker, will fight for the middleweight title whenever Whittaker is healthy enough to go.

We posted Cris Cyborg’s video at the tryout for the show and there were some familiar names in the featherweight division. The most well-known names are Pannie Kianzad (5-time Invicta vet) and Larissa Pacheco (2-time UFC vet). Most of the other women have fought in Invicta and have experience.

As for the male heavyweights, well, it’s as it always is with heavyweights. They will be more hit-or-miss than the featherweights.

Male heavyweights

Michel Batista
Anderson Da Silva
Juan Francisco Espino Diepa
Justin Frazier
Maurice Greene
Przemyslaw Mysiala
Josh Parisian
Ben Sosoli

Female featherweights

Marciea Allen
Macy Chiasson
Pannie Kianzad
Katharina Lehner
Leah Letson
Bea Malecki
Larissa Pacheco
Julija Stoliarenko

Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum to coach TUF & clash for title.

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Kelvin Gastelum gets the nod over Chris Weidman for the next fight with Whittaker. Tonight during the TUF 27 Finale the UFC took a break in the action to make a pretty big announcement. They announced that Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum will be opposing coaches of TUF next season, and then the two will … Read moreRobert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum to coach TUF & clash for title.

Robert Whittaker releases a statement after UFC 225 victory

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Robert Whittaker is classy as always, in victory or defeat. Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero went at it in an absolute war Saturday night in Chicago. It was a fight for the ages that left both men worse for wear. Whittaker broke his hand in the fight and Yoel left the cage with a badly … Read moreRobert Whittaker releases a statement after UFC 225 victory

UFC 225 Event Results – Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero

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UFC 225 is underway in Chicago. We have the UFC 225 event results as they happen. UFC 225 is one of the most loaded cards in recent memory. There are tons of compelling fights and both the undercard and main card are unbelievably stacked. We have the UFC 225 event results as they happen here. … Read moreUFC 225 Event Results – Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero

UFC 225 Embedded Episode 5 – Time to jump on the scales

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UFC 225 Embedded Episode 5 is here.

UFC 225 Embedded episode five is out and it’s fight day! We see fighters preparing to hit the scales and make weight for this amazing event. The main event is in jeopardy when Yoel Romero fails to make weight for the second time, in two title shots. It’s almost impossible to believe that he could miss twice for world title opportunities.

From the UFC YouTube

“On Episode 5 of UFC 225 Embedded, a star-studded media day includes middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, opponent Yoel Romero and former titleholders Holly Holm, Rafael Dos Anjos, Andrei Arlovski, Rashad Evans and Carla Esparza. UFC 225’s athletes — including CM Punk, Tai Tuivasa, Megan Anderson, Sergio Pettis, Charles Oliveira, Colby Covington and Mike Jackson — talk to media and stare down their opponents.

Afterward, Punk offers a backstage peek at the United Center, and Anderson begins her weight cut. On Friday morning all fighters make weight except for one, leaving the event’s headliner in jeopardy.  But all parties make it to the ceremonial weigh-in, where UFC President Dana White confirms that Whittaker and Romero will indeed rematch.

UFC 225 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two world title fights on Saturday, June 9th on Pay-Per-View.”

UFC 225 Embedded Episode 4 – Open workouts and media requirements

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UFC 225 Embedded Episode 4 is here.

UFC 225 Embedded episode four is out and we’re a day removed from the event. We know now that Yoel Romero missed weight. I’ve always been a fan of the Embedded series as it takes you behind the curtain as to what goes in to fight week. You’ll see Romero, Whittaker, Covington, Dos Anjos and more.

From the UFC YouTube

“On Episode 4 of UFC 225 Embedded, interim welterweight title contender Colby Covington continues his fight week family vacation. Featherweight Megan Anderson and welterweight title contender Rafael Dos Anjos continue to work their heavy hands in the training areas.

Hotel ballrooms host a who’s-who of UFC 225, including middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, CM Punk, Ricardo Lamas, Andrei Arlovski and Holly Holm. Middleweight title challenger Yoel Romero joins the stars of the card for the official open workouts, where the Chicago fans make their favorites clear.

UFC 225 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two world title fights on Saturday, June 9th on Pay-Per-View.”

My official predictions for the UFC 225 Main Card fights tomorrow night

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Here are my official UFC 225 predictions, bet them at your own risk! UFC 225 this Saturday night is STACKED. The main card is all set to be amazing, and I personally can’t wait for the fights. I gave you my UFC 225 Prelim Picks yesterday, now it’s time for the PPV. Robert Whittaker vs. … Read moreMy official predictions for the UFC 225 Main Card fights tomorrow night

Early weigh-ins done. Romero misses weight. UFC 225 stare-downs here.

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Welp, the early weigh-ins are done for UFC 225, but it wasn’t without some high drama. One half of the main event, Yoel Romero, missed championship weight on his first attempt. Guess what? He missed weight on his second try, too. Incredible.

Watch the staredowns at 4 PM/PST

UFC 225 PPV

Robert Whittaker (185) vs. Yoel Romero (185.2)**
Colby Covington (169) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (169)
Megan Anderson (146) vs. Holly Holm (146)
Andrei Arlovski (249) vs. Tai Tuivasa (261)
CM Punk (169) vs. Mike Jackson (170.5)

FS1 Prelims

Curtis Blaydes (254) vs. Alistair Overeem (244)
Carla Esparza (116) vs. Claudia Gadelha (116)
Mirsad Bektic (146) vs. Ricardo Lamas (145)
Rashad Coulter (247) vs. Chris De La Rocha (261)

UFC Fight Pass Prelims

Rashad Evans (205) vs. Anthony Smith (206)
Joseph Benavidez (125.5) vs. Sergio Pettis (126)
Clay Guida (154) vs. Charles Oliveira (155)
Dan Ige (146) vs. Mike Santiago (145)

UFC 225 media day faceoff video from the UFC

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The UFC 225 media day faceoff video.

Today the fighters were all in Chicago this afternoon to take part of the UFC 225 media day faceoffs. One by one they took the stage, stood toe to toe and posed for photos. Rafael Dos Anjos looked really intense and seems ready to try and shut down Colby Covington’s awkward summer video tour.

Claudia Gadelha and Carla Esparza had an uneventful staredown, but if you know those two ladies, they are going to save it for the cage. Expect fireworks Saturday night.

CM Punk looked relaxed as Mike Jackson attempts to extend his fifteen minutes of accidental fame.

You can see the UFC 225 full card right here.

Episode 2 of UFC 225’s Embedded. Whittaker, Tai, Colby, Yoel, Dos Anjos

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UFC Embedded episode two is out and we are that much closer to UFC 225. This episode features Tai Tuavasa, Robert Whittaker, Colby Covington, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Yoel Romero. These Embedded vids are funny because even though they focus on the fighters, there are always cameos from other fighters and even bigger stars. In this case, Cris Cyborg.

From the UFC YouTube

“On Episode 2 of UFC 225 Embedded, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker keeps things normal with frequent meals and family time.

Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa, in town to fight legend Andrei Arlovski, struggles to understand the still waters of the Lake Michigan beach.

Interim welterweight title contender Colby Covington turns a media trip into father-son bonding time, as opponent Rafael Dos Anjos trains alongside featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.

Middleweight title challenger Yoel Romero does press in New York City.”

Episode 1 of UFC Embedded. Chi Town edition for UFC 225

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UFC 225 will come to us live from Chi Town this weekend. Chicago will host UFC 225 in one of the most stacked cards that we’ve ever seen in the UFC. Embedded begins like it always does, one week before fight night before everyone even comes to town. Everyone except Rober Whittaker who is acclimating to the time change.

Noticeably missing from the Embedded is Whittaker’s opponent, Yoel Romero. Noticeably oversaturating the Embedded, is Colby Covington. Each time he says something where you think he may have dropped his act, he comes right back and shows that he’s still pretending. On the opposite side of the spectrum is Rafael Dos Anjos, who couldn’t be more respectful and a class act.

Check out the competitors as they gear up a week before UFC 225.

Let’s Get Ready to Rematch: Whittaker vs. Romero

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UFC 225 pits Australian, Robert Whittaker, against Cuban, Yoel Romero, in the middleweight title bout. Whittaker intends to defend his title and also happens to be the first UFC champion from Australia or New Zealand. Since moving up in weight class from the welterweight division, he boasts a seven-match win streak as a middleweight, which … Read moreLet’s Get Ready to Rematch: Whittaker vs. Romero

It appears UFC 225 might have itself a main event rematch

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UFC 225 looks to feature Robert Whittaker taking on Yoel Romero for the Middleweight title Rumors have been swirling that Yoel and Whittaker’s rematch could take place in Chicago at UFC 225. It seems as if that’s more or less a done deal at this point. According to a report from Chris Taylor at BJ … Read moreIt appears UFC 225 might have itself a main event rematch