Media - Whittaker on Costa's secret juice "His secret juice production facility is on a f*cking hard budget"

Media - Whittaker on Costa's secret juice "His secret juice production facility is on a f*cking hard budget"

Updated: 1 month, 22 hours, 12 minutes, 56 seconds ago
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(Denis)Interviewer's question

: "UFC 281 with Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya is happening just around the corner, you could've waited to to see the results but you chose to take this fight(against Costa) instead. Take us into your mindset, why accept the fight straight away in case of maybe potentially waiting it out and then seeing what happens?"

Robert's response

: "I like to try and get three fights a year, that's the number I try to aim for... Having to wait for that title shot with Israel at the beginning of the year I only got two fights in last year. I don't know, the idea of waiting and sitting on the sidelines just doesn't sit well with me. I had to push back the Vettori fight as well and that didn't sit well with me either and I just want to fight, that's what I'm here to do... It's my job, it's what the fans want.... To fight in Perth, you know a hop and a skip from my home and everything made sense for me"
- Was supposed to fight former middleweight champion

- Whittaker's happy that he's in a position where he can give back to the fans this time by fighting in Perth after not being able to make it last time.

- His reaction to the UFC asking him to fight his upcoming opponent "Honestly they just asked me and I said yes. It wasn't a lot of thought process behind it. The only real thing that I can give insight to is my thought process.. Who else is there to fight? I'm running out of names so I just thought I'd keep myself busy. The fact that it's in Perth, I get to fight with an Australian crowd and I can go so much later than I'm used to. It just all added up to me saying you know this is a great fight."
- There was no other names outside of Costa the UFC offered to Robert as far as his knowledge goes for the UFC 284 card.

- Wants to train with

- Robert on what could be beneficial for him training with Khamzat: "I don't know him personally, like his character or anything like that.. Skill wise and what he brings into the octagon when he fights they're very high caliber, high tier and I am a believer that iron sharpens iron. If me and him got together, started working on our skill sets, mentalities, it's a scary prospect isn't it?"

- Sees the possibility of a spectacle" and great at bringing eyes towards to sport because of a potential of the buildup.

- On how Colby and Khamzat matchup in the cage: "Stylistically, fight wise I think that's a terrible fight for Colby because you saw with Usman that anyone that Colby can't just relentlessly spam takedowns on it becomes a kickboxing fight, a striking match. I think Convington's great at what he does, but he's not a kickboxer, he's not a striker by trade, you know that doesn't come naturally to him. His pressure style and wrestling style is what comes naturally to him. Khamzat can counter wrestle Colby, he's a big dude with long range and a lot of reach. His striking, it's nothing ridiculously crazy but it's put together at a high level, he integrates that with the threat of his wrestling, grappling and takedowns like stupendously. I think Khamzat for Colby is a bad matchup."

- If five rounds will make a difference in this Colby/Khamzat matchup: "Khamzat going in like a bull in a china shop like you said, I think that's due more about the people he's fighting. He's a smart guy, his fight IQ is very high, you can see that regardless of how he portrays himself. He's a smart guy when he's in there and so he knows who he can unload on and pull the trigger and who he cannot."

- Says the whole fight rumors against Australian cruiserweight boxer Jai Opetaia(27-0) was fake and he never had a conversation about it with his management.

- Robert has trained with Jai, considers him a friend.

- Wouldn't mind fighting Jai for a two million dollar purse which were the one being reported in the rumors months ago, but would take a lot from the camp leading into it and the fight itself would be "ridiculously hard".

- Considers Costa a tough opponent, gives him his respect leading into this camp and wants to go in there the best version of himself.

- "I think the best version of myself is better than everybody else in the division." Robert on how he's feeling leading to this bout.

- How his skills matchup against Costa: "Skill wise, I think I'm better than Paulo across the board, he probably benches more than me."

- Sees himself dictating the pace of the bout and taking the fight wherever he wants.

- What he thinks on Costa's out of cage personality: "I don't follow him on his platforms for obvious reasons, but from I've gathered he's really just into the character... You know he's just cringy? I don't know he's silly. I don't hate that character, it's not hurting anybody."

- Perceives Costa's fighting skills being very well-rounded, a great athlete, along with has a good amount power and explosiveness.

- His opinion on Costa's famous secret juice: "I've seen it. The only thing that I can think of is get a better label bro. You just screwed on some paper and sticky tape it to the bottle, his secret juice production facility is on a f*cking hard budget."

- Feels like Costa has become a bit more measured in his style since 2020 after his loss to middleweight champion

- Consider Luke Rockhold one of best middleweight of all time.

- Review on Costa's performance at UFC 278: "Luke's in the conversation of top tier middleweights in history, you know he's aformer champion so Luke landing effective shots on Costa is no surprise he's gonna land shots no matter who he fights really. In saying that, Luke himself said as well that he didn't want to be there, like his will to fight was just not there.... Costa still struggled with a Rockhold that didn't want to be there. He was getting tagged, hit, he had a lot of openings, and he had a lot of holes so as for what I think of his performance in that fight.. Idk It's not great. Not bad, but not great."

- He's not too concerned about Costa's weight, jokingly says that he hopes Costa doesn't make weight so he can get more money and that "he'll be even slower than he is".
- Doesn't underestimate Costa and has all his focus on him, however Whittaker is still aiming for another title shot down the road.

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(Kacper)Interviewer's question

: "I have to ask this though since it's going to be a massive narrative in there and obviously with Israel he's spoken about how he's read this book twice and he's looking for fresh contenders. I wonder from your perspective what would be his incentive to take a third fight against you?"

Robert's response

: "It's hard to say because it's all threat.. If you're following the trajectory of how the first fight went and how the second, the third fight is gonna be a different story. It's one of those things that I'm just earning the right to get that fight and then a fight between us, especially a third fight it's going to be absolutely monstrous. Everybody will tune in for that fight because what we bring, what we bring to it."

- Whittaker took a lot of confidence from the second Adesanya fight performance along with his most win over Vettori enforcing it.

- Will watch Adesanya/Pereira live, perhaps on a livestream too.

- What interests him about the Adesanya/Pereira fight: "How the small gloves change the fight because obviously they've fought each other in kickboxing and shot were landed on both sides, the small gloves will change those happen. How different that fight is from their kickboxing fight, I wanna know if were just gonna see a kickboxing fight with small gloves and how Adesanya does with the range, the reach with someone as tall and just as rangy as he is."

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- If people are overlooking Volkanovski in that matchup: "Just how well-rounded he is, you know Volks skill set is quite high and he's a powerful guy. I think he can control the fight a lot with his striking... His strength and endurance is very high level. You know I don't think it'll be as easy to let him(Islam) take him down and control him in that way as everybody thinks it is."

- In his prediction for his fight against Costa, mentions that he respects and is not underestimating Costa but is aiming for a finish in this one.

UPCOMING FIGHT:
The number one ranked UFC middleweight contender and former champion

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- Was supposed to fight former middleweight champion

Luke Rockhold (16-6) in Perth as the main event of UFC 221 back in 2018, but withdrew from the bout to an injury.- Whittaker's happy that he's in a position where he can give back to the fans this time by fighting in Perth after not being able to make it last time.- His reaction to the UFC asking him to fight his upcoming opponent

Paulo "The Eraser" Costa (14-2):- There was no other names outside of Costa the UFC offered to Robert as far as his knowledge goes for the UFC 284 card.- Wants to train with

Khamzat "Borz" Chimaev (12-0).- Robert on what could be beneficial for him training with Khamzat:Sees the possibility of a

Colby "Chaos' Covington (17-3) and

Khamzat "Borz" Chimaev (12-0) fight being a "" and great at bringing eyes towards to sport because of a potential of the buildup.- On how Colby and Khamzat matchup in the cage:If five rounds will make a difference in this Colby/Khamzat matchup:Says the whole fight rumors against Australian cruiserweight boxer Jai Opetaia(27-0) was fake and he never had a conversation about it with his management.- Robert has trained with Jai, considers him a friend.- Wouldn't mind fighting Jai for a two million dollar purse which were the one being reported in the rumors months ago, but would take a lot from the camp leading into it and the fight itself would be "".- Considers Costa a tough opponent, gives him his respect leading into this camp and wants to go in there the best version of himself.Robert on how he's feeling leading to this bout.- How his skills matchup against Costa:Sees himself dictating the pace of the bout and taking the fight wherever he wants.- What he thinks on Costa's out of cage personality:- Perceives Costa's fighting skills being very well-rounded, a great athlete, along with has a good amount power and explosiveness.- His opinion on Costa's famous secret juice:- Feels like Costa has become a bit more measured in his style since 2020 after his loss to middleweight champion

Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya (23-1) with his performances against

Marvin "The Italian Dream" Vettori (18-6-1) and

Luke Rockhold (16-6).- Consider Luke Rockhold one of best middleweight of all time.- Review on Costa's performance at UFC 278:He's not too concerned about Costa's weight, jokingly says that he hopes Costa doesn't make weight so he can get more money and that- Doesn't underestimate Costa and has all his focus on him, however Whittaker is still aiming for another title shot down the road.Whittaker took a lot of confidence from the second Adesanya fight performance along with his most win over Vettori enforcing it.- Will watch Adesanya/Pereira live, perhaps on a livestream too.- What interests him about the Adesanya/Pereira fight:On

Alexander Volkanovski (25-1) possibly fighting

Islam Makhachev (23-1) for the lightweight championship as the main event of UFC 284 in Perth: "It's gonna be an absolutely stellar card, in the headline of the chance of possibly becoming the double champ it's just great. Great for the sport, for him(referring to Alex), for the country, for the fans, we're just moving forward as a unit."- If people are overlooking Volkanovski in that matchup:In his prediction for his fight against Costa, mentions that he respects and is not underestimating Costa but is aiming for a finish in this one.The number one ranked UFC middleweight contender and former champion

Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker (24-6) will take one number six ranked middleweight

Paulo "The Eraser" Costa (14-2) at UFC 284 taking place on February 12, 2023, at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia.