ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: Robert Whittaker of New Zealand celebrates after his victory over Darren Till of England in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC via .)

Having beaten Darren Till on his return to the Octagon after losing the UFC Middleweight World Championship, Robert Whittaker is pronounced. He didn’t win by KO or RKO or submission but this was just what he needed to get back on his way to the throne. It cannot be confirmed that he will receive a starting opportunity, but that is undoubtedly what he demands.

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At this difficult time in the world, a massive appreciation goes out to everyone involved. Firstly to all my coaches and training partners, @ alexprates07 @standstrongboxingcoachjustin @charliebechwaty @ andrew_grange74 @justinlang_ep @jacobmalkoun @isidoxz, their families and all my team mates at the gym @graciejiujitsusmeatongrange, the sacrifices you all make on a daily ! My sponsors @musashinutrition, @kaplan_homes, @bethesda @bethesda_anz, @sweatcentral, @omenbyhp. My management team @rivalsportsmanagement @ titusday77 and @courtneyhardday behind the scenes so much happens and these guys get it done no worries! My father @menaijack my day 1, all my family back home my mother in law @ melina.iannelli. 3 helps us incredibly on a daily basis. My wife @sofiamareewhittaker and kids for continuing to be my reason why. Many people may not know this my wife is the one that helps with all my food prep, nutrition tracks all she has been doing for years, studies and specialises everything for me, this weight cut was the best one yet, I was the healthiest I ‘ve ever been stepping in that octagon, love you Sofia! To all my supporters #reapernation, all is appreciated forever grateful for you, and we will keep posted more @reapergearrw coming soon! Everyone involved here in @yasisland #fightisland @ufc @ufcanz @ufcpi @danawhite thank you for letting us fighters continue to do what we love in these crazy times, nothing has gone by unnoticed and I will forever be grateful and now excited for the next ! #onwardsandupwards One last mention @ darrentill2 it was a pleasure mate, what a chess match! Now for some dip and chips. Daz? 🍻

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At this difficult time for the world, I want to thank everyone involved.

“First of all, to all my coaches and training partners: Alex Prates, Justin Fitzgerald, Charlie Bechwaty, Andrew Kanatli, Justin Lang, Jacob Malkoun and Isi Doxz Fitikefu. Also to their families and all my teammates at the Gracie Grange gym. I will always be grateful for the sacrifices you make every day!

“To my sponsors Musashi Sports Nutrition, Kaplan Homes, Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda ANZ, Gym Fitness Boxing Equipment and OMEN.

“To my representatives RIVAL SPORTS MANAGEMENT, Titus and Courtney Hardday. Behind the scenes so many things happen and with these guys I have no worries!

Also to my father, Jack Whittaker, from day one. To all my family. My mother-in-law, Melina Iannelli, helps us incredibly on a daily basis. My wife Sofia Whittaker and children for remaining my reason. It is possible that many people do not know that my wife is the one who helps me with all my food preparation, with nutrition; takes care of everything, has been doing it for years. This weight cut was the best so far, the healthiest since I entered the octagon. I love you Sofia!

“To all my followers of the Reaper Nation, I will always be grateful to them, And we’ll be posting more on Reaper Gear RW soon!

“Everyone involved in Yas Island, Fight Island, UFC, Dana White, thank you for allowing fighters to continue doing what we love in these crazy times. I don’t want it to go unnoticed, I’ll always be grateful, and now I’m excited for what’s to come! Forward and up.

One last mention of Darren Till. It was a pleasure. What a game of chess! Now I want some sauce and fries. “