4. Robert Whittaker Continues His Climb In The Middleweight Division
Robert Whittaker is the face of MMA in New Zealand, and is coming off of a huge win over Uriah Hall at UFC 193 back in November. Whittaker out-struck Hall and even worked in some nice ground and pound after a successful takedown.
Whittaker (15-4) is on a four-fight win streak and has a lot of hype behind him. Whittaker meets Rafael Natal, who is riding a four fight win streak of his own, including most recently a TKO win over Kevin Casey in January. Natal (21-6-1) possesses a tremendous ground game complemented by a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Renzo Gracie.
Whittaker’s explosive striking and vicious ground and pound could be the key to winning this fight, as he clearly has the striking advantage heading into the bout. The New Zealender’s future is looking very bright as of late, and with a win over Natal means he could be poised for a top five opponent in the near future. Perhaps the winner of Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 198?