Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has expressed confidence in his ability to secure victory in a potential rematch against Dricus Du Plessis.
At UFC 290, Whittaker locked horns with Du Plessis, who stopped the Aussie in the second round to earn a title shot. Following his pivotal win against ‘The Reaper’, ‘DDP’ challenged champion Sean Strickland at UFC 297, where he emerged victorious after a hard-fought battle.
Whittaker is now scheduled to face Paulo Costa at UFC 298, where he is hoping to bounce back into the win column with a thumping victory.
During a UFC 298 pre-fight press conference (as transcribed by MMA Junkie), Whittaker revealed his intention to run it back with Du Plessis.
“Dricus is a hungry guy, man,” Whittaker said. “You saw in his last fight, and I think I underestimated that hunger. I still believe I beat him nine times out of 10. I still believe I’m a better fighter than he is, that I have a better skill set than he does. But mate: big strong guy that’s hungry and willing to leave it all there? You need to match that. I feel like I didn’t do that in that last fight. He’s definitely on a list that I want to run it back with. I just didn’t turn up last time. Like I said, nine times out of 10 I beat him, and I think next time we cross paths, it’s going to be one of those nine times.”
Do you think Robert Whittaker would come out on top in a future rematch against Dricus Du Plessis?