Robert Whittaker has spoken out about his fight against Khamzat Chimaev

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker explained why he wants Sean Strickland as his next opponent and doesn’t see the point in a fight against Hamzat Chimaev.

“A fight with Khamzat Chimaev won’t promote me,” MMAJunkie quoted the Australian as saying. “It’s a high-profile confrontation, but it’s not going to move me higher in the rankings. I want to fight guys in the top five, and a win over Sean Strickland will make me number one again. This is as close to a title fight as you can get.”

The Australian said he hopes the division’s reigning champion, Dricus Du Plessis, to whom he lost by knockout in a challenger fight, will retain his title until their rematch.

“It’s just about getting the belt back. The goal doesn’t change. But since Drikus has the title, I can kill two birds with one stone, and that sounds good.”

Last month Robert Whittaker put his career back on track following his loss to Du Plessis, winning a three-round unanimous decision over former championship belt challenger Paulo Costa.