Thursday, December 3, 2020

Robert Whittaker Passes Conor McGregor For Unwanted UFC Record

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker passes Conor McGregor on the record books for an unwanted UFC streak.

Here’s something you probably don’t want your name involved with as a UFC champion. According to a report from Fansided, UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has surpassed Conor McGregor in the UFC record books for longest streak without defending your title at 513 days.

Of course, this isn’t entirely Whittaker’s fault. “Bobby Knuckles” captured an interim UFC middleweight title back in July of 2017 when he defeated Yoel Romero via unanimous decision. However, when Georges St-Pierre decided to vacate his middleweight crown, Whittaker was promoted to undisputed champion.

A rematch with Romero was scheduled, in what would’ve been Whittaker’s first-ever title defense. But when Romero failed to make championship weight for the fight, the contest was changed to a non-title bout. Although Whittaker emerged victorious by way of a split decision, the victory did not count as a title defense.

Whittaker attempted to make his first career title defense against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234 this past February. Unfortunately, Whittaker suffered an abdominal hernia and collapsed bowel. He was forced to withdraw from the contest the morning of the event. Now, with Israel Adesanya as the interim middleweight champion, Whittaker will unify his title with the Nigerian striker down the road.

If that fight comes to fruition, it will be Whittaker’s first title defense since capturing gold back in 2017.

What do you think about Whittaker passing McGregor for most days without a title defense?

Latest MMA News

Marvin Vettori: Israel Adesanya Hasn’t Proven Much To Me

UFC Vegas 16 headliner Marvin Vettori is not impressed with Israel Adesanya’s performances. It’s been over two years since Marvin Vettori fought Israel Adesanya in...

BREAKING: Yair Rodriguez Suspended Six Months for USADA Violation

After not competing in all of 2020, Yair Rodriguez is going to have to wait a few more months to return to action. The United...

Mike Tyson Attacked By Fan After Roy Jones Jr. Fight

Mike Tyson was reportedly attacked by a fan after his exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday night. According to a report from TMZ,...

Khabib Nurmagomedov Aims To Have MMA An Olympic Sport By 2028

Khabib Nurmagomedov is now focused on having MMA an Olympic sport by 2028. Nurmagomedov has been the face of the UFC for years and the...

T.J. Dillashaw Expects Title Shot Against “Interim Champ” Petr Yan

T.J. Dillashaw wants to regain the UFC bantamweight championship when he makes his return to competition in 2021. Following his loss to Henry Cejudo at...

Anthony Smith ‘Would Love To Beat’ Luke Rockhold Up

Anthony Smith is still interested in making the Luke Rockhold fight happen. Before Rockhold made the move up to light heavyweight at UFC 239 against...

Khabib Nurmagomedov Has No Interest In Rematching Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier

If Khabib Nurmagomedov makes a comeback it will not be against Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier. After Nurmagomedov submitted Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 he...

Rose Namajunas Opens Up On Overcoming Trauma From Conor McGregor’s Bus Attack

Rose Namajunas has opened up on the famous Conor McGregor bus attack. Before UFC 223, Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team slapped Artem Lobov. That caused...