Robert Whittaker (fighter)

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Robert Whittaker
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Born Robert John Whittaker
(1990-12-20) 20 December 1990 (age 26)
South Auckland, New Zealand
Other names The Reaper
Bobby Knuckles
Residence Sydney, Australia
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Division Middleweight
Reach 73.5 in (187 cm)
Style Hapkido, Karate, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Thai

PMA Super Martial Arts
Also training via: Gracie Jiu Jitsu/Wrestling Smeaton Grange - /Stand-Strong-Boxing

Bulldog Gym Castle Hill
Rank Black belt in Hapkido[1]
Black belt in Karate[1]
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active 2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 18
By knockout 9
By submission 5
By decision 4
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Nickname: Bobby Knuckles

Robert "The Reaper" John Whittaker[2] (born 20 December 1990) is an Australian professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[3] A professional MMA competitor since 2009, Whittaker was a contestant on the first installment of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes and won the welterweight tournament. As of April 2017, he is #3 in the official UFC middleweight rankings.


His father Jack was a believer in the values of martial arts so he enrolled Robert in Karate at an early age.[4] After training in the discipline for a little over eight years, Robert switched to a Hapkido gym ran by Henry Perez.[4][5] In 2003 Perez transformed his gym into a MMA gym. Having no other choice, Whittaker began training in MMA and was immediately hooked.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2009 Whittaker began competing in MMA as a professional. He signed with Australia's Xtreme Fighting Championships and made his debut 14 March 2009 against fellow pro debutee Chris Tallowin. Whittaker won the fight via TKO in the first round.[6] Whittaker then started his career with Cage Fighting Championships, going 6-0 inside the promotion from 2009 to 2011, with a notable win over fellow TUF: Smashes castmate, Ben Alloway.[7]

On 30 October 2011 Whittaker lost his first fight when he travelled to Cotai, Macau for Legend Fighting Championships 6. Whittaker fought Hoon Kim and lost via submission in the first round.[8] Whittaker bounced from the loss and won two straight before suffering his second loss to Jesse Juarez, bringing his overall record to 9–2.

The Ultimate Fighter [9][edit]

In 2012 Whittaker was selected as a cast member for the first installment of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes;[10] which pitted a team eight Australians versus a team of eight men from the United Kingdom.

In his first fight on the show Whittaker fought Luke Newman. Only 19 seconds into the first round Whittaker landed a punch flush on the chin of Newman, knocking him unconscious for several minutes. The win moved him onto the semi-final round.[11] The knockout also earned Whittaker an additional $25,000 for "Knockout of the Season".[12]

In the semifinal round, Whittaker was then matched against replacement fighter and fellow Team Australia teammate, Xavier Lucas. Whittaker won via knock out at 1:17 in the first round. The win moved Whittaker into the final round of the competition that would take place live on UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]


Whittaker made his UFC debut on 15 December 2012 at UFC on FX 6 which was also known as "The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes Finale". He would fight Brad Scott to determine the welterweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes. Whittaker won the fight via unanimous decision to become the first ever winner of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes alongside Norman Parke, who was the lightweight winner of the show.


Whittaker faced Colton Smith on 25 May 2013 at UFC 160.[13] He won the fight by TKO in the third round.

Whittaker faced Court McGee on 28 August 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[14] He lost the fight via split decision.[15]

Whittaker was expected to face Brian Melancon on 7 December 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33.[16] However, Melancon pulled out of the bout citing an injury and subsequently retired. As a result, Whittaker was removed from the card as well.[17]


Whittaker faced Stephen Thompson on 22 February 2014 at UFC 170.[18] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[19]

Whittaker faced Mike Rhodes on 28 June 2014 at UFC Fight Night 43.[20] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[21]

Whittaker faced Clint Hester in a middleweight bout on 8 November 2014 at UFC Fight Night 55.[22] He won the exciting back and forth fight via TKO in the second round. The win also earned Whittaker his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[23]


Whittaker faced Brad Tavares on 10 May 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65.[24] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[25] The win also earned Whittaker his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[26]

Whittaker was expected to face Michael Bisping on 15 November 2015 at UFC 193.[27] However, Bisping pulled out of the fight on the 30th of September citing an elbow injury and was replaced by Uriah Hall.[28][29] Whittaker won the fight by unanimous decision.[30]


Whittaker next faced Rafael Natal on 23 April 2016 at UFC 197.[31] Whittaker won the back and forth fight via unanimous decision.[32]

Whittaker faced Derek Brunson on 27 November 2016 at UFC Fight Night 101.[33] He won the back and forth fight via first-round TKO.[34][35]


Whittaker faced Ronaldo Souza on 15 April 2017 at UFC on Fox 24.[36] He won by second-round TKO.[37] The win also earned Whittaker his third Performance of the Night bonus award.[38]

Whittaker is scheduled to fight the interim title fight on July 8 2017 in Las Vegas facing Yoel Romero in the co-main event at UFC 213 after Michael Bisping announced a nagging knee injury which will keep him on the sidelines for a few months. [39]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–4 Ronaldo Souza TKO (head kick and punches) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis April 15, 2017 2 3:28 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 17–4 Derek Brunson TKO (head kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson November 27, 2016 1 4:07 Melbourne, Australia Performance of the Night. Fight of the Night.
Win 16–4 Rafael Natal Decision (unanimous) UFC 197 April 23, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–4 Uriah Hall Decision (unanimous) UFC 193 November 15, 2015 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Win 14–4 Brad Tavares KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt May 10, 2015 1 0:44 Adelaide, Australia Performance of the Night.
Win 13–4 Clint Hester TKO (knee and punches) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping November 8, 2014 2 2:43 Sydney, Australia Middleweight debut. Fight of the Night.
Win 12–4 Mike Rhodes Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Te-Huna vs. Marquardt June 28, 2014 3 5:00 Auckland, New Zealand
Loss 11–4 Stephen Thompson TKO (punches) UFC 170 February 22, 2014 1 3:43 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–3 Court McGee Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 August 28, 2013 3 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 11–2 Colton Smith TKO (punches) UFC 160 May 25, 2013 3 0:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 Brad Scott Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson December 15, 2012 3 5:00 Gold Coast, Australia Won The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes Welterweight Tournament.
Loss 9–2 Jesse Juarez Decision (unanimous) Cage Fighting Championships 21 May 18, 2012 5 5:00 Sydney, Australia For the CFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 9–1 Shaun Spooner TKO (punches) Superfight Australia 13 March 23, 2012 1 4:01 Perth, Australia Won the SFA Welterweight Championship.
Win 8–1 Ian Bone TKO (punches) Cage Fighting Championships 19 December 9, 2011 1 3:15 Sydney, Australia
Loss 7–1 Hoon Kim Submission (triangle choke) Legend Fighting Championship 6 October 30, 2011 1 3:01 Macau, SAR, China
Win 7–0 Corey Nelson Submission (armbar) Cage Fighting Championships 18 August 26, 2011 1 4:40 Sydney, Australia
Win 6–0 Ben Alloway Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fighting Championships 17 June 3, 2011 1 4:07 Gold Coast, Australia
Win 5–0 Nate Thomson Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fighting Championships 15 October 8, 2010 1 2:21 Sydney, Australia
Win 4–0 Jay Cobain Submission (armbar) Cage Fighting Championships 14 June 5, 2010 1 0:32 Sydney, Australia
Win 3–0 Nick Ariel KO (punch) Cage Fighting Championships 12 March 12, 2010 1 2:50 Sydney, Australia
Win 2–0 Richard Walsh Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fighting Championships 11 November 20, 2009 1 2:40 Sydney, Australia
Win 1–0 Chris Tallowin TKO (punches) XFC 14 March 14, 2009 1 N/A Perth, Australia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Robert Whittaker - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SHOW RESULTS : DATE: February 22, 2014 LOCATION: Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  3. ^ Ben Stanley (2013-06-23). "'Mozzie' UFC fighter gets kick out of Kiwi roots". Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Legend Fighting Championships - Fighters - Robert Whittaker". Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Robert Whittaker - The Ultimate Fighter". Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fight Finder". Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "ROBERT WHITTAKER "THE REAPER"". Sherdog. Sherdog. 
  8. ^ "ROBERT WHITTAKER "THE REAPER"". Sherdog. Sherdog. 
  9. ^ "ROBERT WHITTAKER "THE REAPER"". Sherdog. Sherdog. 
  10. ^ "Cast Announced for TUF Smashes". Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "TUF ‘The Smashes’ Episode 3 Recap: Action in the House Heats Up". Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Whittaker, Fletcher, Scott and Alloway each score $25K 'TUF' season bonuses". Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "'TUF' champs Robert Whittaker and Colton Smith join UFC 160 lineup". Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  14. ^ Staff (2013-06-05). "'TUF' winners Court McGee vs. Robert Whittaker added to UFC on FOX Sports 1 2". Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  15. ^ Tim Burke. "UFC Fight Night 27 results: Court McGee takes decision over Robert Whittaker". Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  16. ^ Staff (2013-10-02). "Robert Whittaker vs. Brian Melancon added to UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia". Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  17. ^ Matt Erickson (2013-11-20). "Brian Melancon injury scraps bout with Robert Whittaker from UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia". Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  18. ^ Matt Erickson. "UFC 170 adds Stephen Thompson vs. ‘TUF’ winner Robert Whittaker". Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  19. ^ Dave Doyle (2014-02-22). "UFC 170 results: Stephen Thompson finishes off Robert Whittaker". Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  20. ^ Staff (2014-05-05). "UFC Fight Night 43 gets Whittaker-Rhodes". Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  21. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-06-28). "UFC Fight Night 43 results: Robert Whittaker cruises past Mike Rhodes". Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  22. ^ Matt Erickson (11 September 2014). "Five bouts, including Hester-Whittaker, added to UFC Fight Night 55 in Australia". Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  23. ^ Staff (2014-11-08). "UFC Fight Night 55 bonuses: Rockhold, Smolka, Whittaker, Hester win $50,000". Retrieved 2014-11-08. 
  24. ^ Staff (2012-02-17). "UFC Fight Night 65 official for Australia with Hunt-Miocic, Tavares-Whittaker, more". Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  25. ^ Thomas Myers (10 May 2015). "UFC Fight Night 65 results: Robert Whittaker flattens, finishes Brad Tavares in 44 seconds". Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  26. ^ Staff (2015-05-10). "UFC Fight Night 65 bonuses: With 10 finishes in 12 fights, who got $50,000?". Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  27. ^ Damon Martin (2015-08-19). "Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker targeted for UFC 193 in Australia". Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  28. ^ Elias Cepeda (2015-09-30). "Michael Bisping injured, out of UFC 193". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  29. ^ Damon Martin (2015-10-01). "Uriah Hall replaces Michael Bisping, faces Robert Whittaker at UFC 193". Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  30. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-11-14). "UFC 193 results: Robert Whittaker outshines Uriah Hall for unanimous decision". Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  31. ^ John Morgan (2016-02-08). "Rafael Natal meets Robert Whittaker at UFC 197". Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  32. ^ Dave Doyle (2016-04-23). "UFC 197 results: Robert Whittaker wins slugfest over Rafael Natal". Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  33. ^ Marc Raimondi (2016-09-21). "Derek Brunson gets quick turnaround, faces Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Night 101". Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  34. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-11-27). "UFC Fight Night 101 results: Robert Whittaker stops Derek Brunson in wild back-and-forth brawl". Retrieved 2016-11-27. 
  35. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-11-27). "UFC Fight Night 101 bonuses: Robert Whittaker pockets $100K for first-round TKO". Retrieved 2016-11-27. 
  36. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2017-03-04). ""Jacare" Souza vs. Robert Whittaker set for UFC on FOX 24". Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  37. ^ Damon Martin (2017-04-16). "Robert Whittaker stuns ‘Jacare’ Souza with brutal second-round TKO". Retrieved 2017-04-16. 
  38. ^ Staff (2017-04-15). "UFC on FOX 24 bonuses: History maker Demetrious Johnson among the night's winners". Retrieved 2017-04-15. 
  39. ^ "Romero-Whittaker interim title fight to co-headline UFC 213; Nunes-Shevchenko is main event". MMAjunkie. 2017-05-24. Retrieved 2017-05-24. 

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