ABU DHABI – Robert Whittaker thinks he has much more methods to win than Darren Until at UFC on ESPN 14.

Former UFC middleweight champion Whittaker (20-5 MMA, 11-Three UFC) meets Until (18-2-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) in Saturday’s principal occasion at Flash Discussion board at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. A win might propel both man to the No. 1 contender spot.

It’s a matchup between two of the division’s greatest strikers, and though Whittaker is cautious of Until’s energy left hand, he thinks he brings much more instruments to the desk.

“His greatest risk is his left hand and he is aware of that as properly,” Whittaker instructed reporters, together with MMA Junkie, at Tuesday’s UFC on ESPN 14 media day. “That’s the place I believe I match up so significantly better towards him than he does with me as a result of my greatest risk is simply too a lot of them. I’ve so many harmful pictures, I’m so artistic. I’ve so many angles I can exploit. He’s received his left hand. That’s all he’s received. The whole lot else I received coated.

“He runs that down the pipe and he’s so properly at utilizing it. I’m not taking something away from him, he’s used it on a dozen guys and he’s knocked him out so I’ve received to concentrate on that, I’ve received to provide it respect, however I received so many angles he has to concentrate on.”

After dropping his title to Israel Adesanya in October at UFC 243, Whittaker mentioned he got here to a realization that he was burnt out, which prompted him to take a while off.

He was scheduled to face Jared Cannonier at UFC 248 in March, however withdrew and the combat was scrapped from the cardboard. A number of months later and Whittaker received that itch to compete once more.

He mentioned the time away helped reignite his ardour for the game, and he’s motivated as ever going into his comeback combat from dropping the belt.

“I’m simply joyful,” Whittaker mentioned. “I’m alive once more. The fireplace for the game has been there. I’m having fun with all angles of it. I’m having fun with media week. I’m having fun with the burden reduce. I’m having fun with my time in isolation. That’s an enormous change and simply feeling that approach means I’m gonna go in that octagon, joyful as Larry, and I’m simply gonna get to work. I’m simply gonna have enjoyable.”