ABU DHABI – Darren Until respects Robert Whittaker’s abilities however feels he’s a lot better than the previous champion at his personal sport.

The Scouser takes on Whittaker (20-5 MMA, 11-Three UFC) in the principle occasion of UFC on ESPN 14 on Saturday, which takes place at Flash Discussion board at Yas Island and airs on ESPN. It’s a major bout, as each Until (18-2-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) and Whittaker are excessive within the middleweight rankings, and so they’re huge names within the division. The 2 rivals are additionally regarded by many to be among the many greatest strikers at 185 kilos.

Whittaker’s rise to turn into UFC champ was aided by his slick hanging, and the previous titleholder and argues he’s higher in each aspect of MMA, Until feels he has the benefit in key areas.

“In fact he ought to say that and I ought to say the other – that I’m higher in all places,” Until instructed reporters, together with MMA Junkie, on Tuesday at UFC on ESPN 14 media day. “However I’m not like that. I believe Rob is probably, in all probability extra of a seasoned wrestler, slightly bit higher in that division. Jiu-jitsu-wise, I don’t know. Placing-wise, he ain’t even near the extent, however I’m saying that and he may are available and present me one thing new and, ‘Pom, pom,’ and that’s how it’s. He’s meant to say that. Would you anticipate him to say anything?”

No matter his degree of confidence, Until mentioned he gained’t underestimate Whittaker. In reality, he’ll purposely take a look at Until as superior in ability forward of their middleweight conflict.

“I believe from me, from a person standpoint, I do every part I can in my energy within the health club and in life to place myself, regardless that I’m ready 100 %, put myself slightly down and say (I’m) below Rob and take a look at him as every part, because the beast I’ve to beat,” Until defined. “I don’t know the way I can clarify it greatest, however I similar to to think about Rob as higher than me. That’s it.”

Until is coming off a profitable middleweight debut, as he outpointed Kelvin Gastelum to a cut up resolution at UFC 244 again in November. The 27-year-old contender hopes to get a second win at 185 kilos and earn the following title shot towards the winner of Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa, who meet for the middleweight belt at UFC 253 on Sept. 19.