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Robert Whittaker: Not a Colby Covington fan, but whatever sells UFC 225 PPVs, you know?


BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Now that he’s the UFC middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker’s financial fortune is tied to the success of the pay-per-views on which he fights.

For a rematch with Yoel Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) at UFC 225, Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) will take any help he can get to boost the numbers.

“Anyone who can bring attention to the pay-per-view, obviously, I’m all for,” Whittaker told reporters backstage at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was on hand as a guest fighter for UFC 223.

Thankfully, the promotion has added to the card one fighter known for just that. In UFC 225’s co-headliner, notorious trash-talker Colby Covington faces ex-lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos.

Covington has rubbed an awful lot of people the wrong way during his ascendance in the welterweight division. But one weight class up, Whittaker just looks at it as amusing.

“The things Colby says, it’s hilarious,” Whittaker said. “It’s so bad, it’s funny.”

Don’t get him wrong – Whittaker doesn’t endorse what Covington says. The Aussie champ is well aware of the times the American has crossed the line. But as a promotional presence, he’s not a bad guy to have around.

“I wouldn’t say I’m a fan,” Whittaker said. “C’mon, don’t bury me, guys. He’s said some pretty bad stuff. But you’ve got to laugh sometimes, because he’s going above and beyond. It’s like, ‘Dude, did you say that?’ It’s funny.”

If Covington doesn’t bring the numbers, though, Whittaker joked he’d be down for just about anything that convinces people to hit the buy button.

“I hope they put animal fights on,” Whittaker said. “I want to see monster trucks, car races, I want to see everything. I’m pro pay-per-view.

For more on UFC 225, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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