Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019

Anderson Silva can hold out, suggests Whittaker

Kelvin Gastelum speaks to the media during a press conference at Melbourne Arena. Picture: Stefan Postles.

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UFC middleweight titleholder Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum at Rod Laver Arena. Image: Stefan PostlesSupply:AAP

UFC winner Rob Whittaker suggests he will not entertain a blockbuster bout towards the famous Anderson Silva until eventually he has defended his title on dwelling soil.

Headlining UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena on February 10 — only Australia’s 2nd pay back-for every-watch UFC card in record — Whittaker refuses to disrespect challenger Kelvin Gastelum.

Whittaker and American Gastelum confronted off at a push meeting at Melbourne Arena currently to endorse the principal occasion, with enjoyable New Zealand prospect Israel Adesanya getting on Silva in the co-principal occasion.

Brazilian Silva has been promised a middleweight title shot by UFC president Dana White — should really be defeat Adesanya in Melbourne — but Whittaker will not search that significantly forward.

“I would not believe to disrespect Kelvin that way,” Whittaker mentioned.

“My sights and my concentrate are exclusively on Kelvin Gastelum at this stage. To even believe of getting one more struggle is preposterous.”

Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum. Picture: Stefan Postles

Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum. Image: Stefan PostlesSupply:AAP

Gastelum, the No.4 rated middleweight, created the lengthy flight from the US to sq. off with Whittaker.

But he declined to trash chat the winner.

“Rob’s a respectable person. I’m not one particular of people obnoxious fellas that likes to start off drama,” Gastelum mentioned.

“This has been a lengthy time in the generating for me. I’m energized for this option.

“This is a as soon as in a life span and I’m likely to make the most of it … I’m a soldier and I’m likely to hold on soldiering by.”

Sydneysider Whittaker mentioned he was keen to set his belt on the line for the 1st time, possessing been denied the option when Yoel Romero skipped pounds back again in July.

Whittaker then sustained a knee damage, delaying his return to the octagon.

Kelvin Gastelum speaks to the media during a press conference at Melbourne Arena. Picture: Stefan Postles.

Kelvin Gastelum speaks to the media through a push meeting at Melbourne Arena. Image: Stefan Postles.Supply:AAP

“I truly feel truly superior, I’m in major variety and I’m wanting ahead to February,” Whittaker mentioned.

“Obviously I was let down previously this 12 months that I could not protect my belt at dwelling, so to be ready to have a 2nd opportunity at that implies the earth to me.”

Whittaker, 27, anticipates one more offered-out group of additional than 13,000.

“The final occasion I experienced at Rod Laver Arena, it is not that you could not block out the audio, but you could not block out the emotion,” he mentioned.

“The emotion was in the air. It is about making an attempt not to enable your thoughts get absent with something or above dedicate.

“It was one particular of the finest highlights in my occupation.”

The undefeated Adesanya proceeds to pinch himself that he will share the cage with Silva, who owns the recorded for the most title defences in UFC record.

“I know this is true and I’m residing it but it has not truly sunken in still,” Adesanya mentioned.

 

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