UFC interim champ Robert Whittaker weighs in on Bisping-GSP showdown

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Interim champ Robert Whittaker will be a curious observer this weekend at UFC 217.

Whittaker claimed the interim middleweight title over Yoel Romero last July. He now waits the winner of Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre (GSP) for the undisputed middleweight title at UFC 217.

During a media scrum in Japan, Whittaker shared his thoughts of the upcoming title fight, and he believes GSP will have his hands full taking on “The Count.”

“I think it’s gonna be a hard fight,” said Whittaker. “To be honest, if I’ve had it one way or the other, I’ll definitely [bet] on Bisping. He’s been in the division for a long time. He’s a lot bigger and he has the skill sets to take him (GSP) on and put a stop to him.

“Georges has been out for quite a while, and that’s how I see the fight going down. But regardless of the winner, I’m gonna absolutely crush whoever comes out of it.”

St-Pierre will make his return after a four-year hiatus that ended his dominant run in the welterweight division, setting the most title defenses there with nine. The French-Canadian will now attempt to become the company’s fourth two-divisor world champion.

While Whittaker doesn’t necessarily agree on why the former 170-pound champ has overtaken other contenders, including himself, he understands the nature of the fight business. He also understands that he too has something to gain from the Bisping-GSP matchup.

With UFC 221 set to be staged in his home country, the 26-year-old Whittaker can’t wait to get back inside the Octagon and unify the titles. The native of Menai, New South Wales says that he is expected to make a full recovery and will be ready to take on whoever comes out on top this weekend.

“I exactly feel the same. You know as before, I’ve always had my eyes set on the prize which is the UFC gold and how I get there, it doesn’t bother me. Even if I have to get past the entire division to get there.”

Asked if he is open to fight anyone outside the two UFC 217 headliners, Whittaker gave a simple answer:

“No. That’s a ridiculous fight,” the interim champ said. “I thought that the whole role of the interim belt was that I’m holding the belt – the interim belt – until I can fight the current champion. There’s no zero point of having the interim belt if I have to defend the interim belt, right? It doesn’t even make sense.”

“It’s like Bisping makes all the money and has all the good fights and I fight all the hard guys.”

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