Robert Whittaker made a statement after losing to Dricus Du Plessis

Robert Whittaker made a statement after losing to Dricus Du Plessis

Former UFC middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, who suffered an early defeat from Dricus Du Plessis last weekend, summed up the fight, thanked all those who supported him, and also announced that he would return to the octagon before the end of this year.

“Good afternoon everyone! Just some news,” the Australian wrote on the social network. “Now I am at home with my family and I am healthy. First, I want to say a big thank you to my friends, family, and everyone who has messaged and commented on my many videos expressing their love and support for me. I really feel it and really appreciate it. I wouldn’t be doing this without you guys.”

“Secondly, I want to thank my team and my coaches. Day after day they help me get to the fight. Help me prepare, support me in these daily battles. They are my second family. And I want to thank my sponsors. Obviously, I had a long break between fights, and my sponsors were the ones who supported me. So thank you guys!”

“And finally, my congratulations to Drikus. He went out to fight, you know, but I didn’t. But that’s the nature of the beast – you can’t take a day off. So what happened, happened. But I will tell you that I believe that the challenges, difficulties and obstacles that we meet on the way and that we overcome make us stronger. They build character, make you a better person and a better athlete. And I will come back stronger than before. I’ll be back, hopefully before the end of the year. I want to be back in the octagon before the end of the year. I want to come back and end the year with a win by bringing back the Reaper you all know.”

Recall that the middleweight contender fight between Robert Whittaker and Drykus Du Plessis, held at UFC 290 in Las Vegas, ended at around 2:23 of the second round with the victory of the South African by technical knockout.