UFC 160 to feature up-and-coming Australian mixed martial artist.
It has been a whirlwind journey for Australian mixed martial artist Robert Whittaker in the past four years.
After turning pro in 2009, Whittaker has scaled the heights of his sport and now has a new goal in front of him as he fights Colton Smith on the undercard of UFC 160 this weekend.
Whittaker has already made a name for himself in the UFC having won the inaugural welterweight final of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, where he beat Brad Scott by unanimous decision late last year.
The aggressive Hapkido and Karate black belt will look to improve his 11-2 professional record against Smith, who also has the honor of winning a TUF season, when he beat Mike Ricci in the final of the 16th season of the reality show.
Smith comes from a grappling and boxing background and has accumulated a 3-1 record in his professional career.
However, Whittaker said his opponent does not posses something he believes will make all of the difference when the cage door shuts at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“Colton Smith has great willpower and wrestling in particular, and I would be an idiot to not respect that. But it’s not enough,” Whittaker said.
Hear more from the Australian about his journey leading to his place on the UFC 160 card.