Five Biggest Takeaways From UFC 197

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USATSI_9266252_168382968_lowres3. Robert Whittaker Continues His Climb In The Middleweight Division

Whittaker’s striking against veteran Rafael Natal was impressive, as the New Zealander was able to connect with a couple of explosive combinations to really damage the Brazilian. Whittaker is now on a five-fight win streak, with his last victories coming over some very tough competition.

Whittaker was able to overcome the powerhouse that is Uriah Hall at UFC 193 by out-striking the Jamaica native to a unanimous decision win. Rafael Natal was expected by many to give Whittaker problems on the ground, and was even picked by many to win the fight. As the fight rolled on, however, Whittaker was reluctant to get the fight to the ground and imposed his will on the Brazilian in the stand-up game.

Whittaker is currently ranked the No. 7 middleweight in the world, and with his recent win over Natal, you can expect him to be truly tested in his next bout with a huge step up in competition.

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