has revealed exactly how he plans to make history by knocking out in Paris this weekend.<br>It has been nearly seven months since the former UFC middleweight champion lost to rival in a very close fight – and the 31-year-old Aussie is excited to step back in the Octagon and remind the world why he’s the No.1 contender.<br>Italian brawler Vettori is notoriously tough and has never been knocked out in the UFC – but Whittaker plans on changing that statistic.<br> Robert Whittaker (pictured kicking Kelvin Gastelum in 2021) is back in action this weekend against Italian Marvin Vettori at UFC Paris <br> Whittaker believes the key to knocking out Vettori is the use of efficient, sharp and powerful boxing, which he displayed against Israel Adesanya (pictured)<br>’I’ve been working a lot on tidying up my punches, making everything as efficient, sharp and powerful as possible,’ Whittaker explained to Daily Mail Australia.<br> <br /> ‘The key is just laying them on his chin. I’m confident if I can fire at his chin it’ll be a good night.'<br>Over the last year, Whittaker has been perfecting his boxing skills with super-welterweight megastar Tim Tszyu and Australia’s greatest fighting coach, the legendary Johnny Lewis. <br>In July there was reports Whittaker could take on newly crowned Aussie cruiserweight world champion Jai Opetaia in a $5m mega-fight – but the talks fizzled out.<br> Italian Marvin Vettori reacts after his victory against Paulo Costa <br>’I don’t think it’s going to happen, but I’m not adverse to it if the money is there,’ said Whittaker.
‘Money talks, as they say. I’m in the fight business and I’ll go where the money is.'<br>Whittaker has only ever lost two fights at middleweight in the UFC and both of them were to his heated rival Israel Adesanya. He believes he can win the third – he just needs to keep running up victories in the meantime to get a title shot.<br>’I would like to be the champ – but it doesn’t keep me up at night.
It’s not really healthy wanting something that isn’t yours. I’m all for progression, though. I’m a fiend for progression. <br> Whittaker hasn’t ruled out a fight against newly crowned Aussie cruiserweight world champion Jai Opetaia if the money is right<br>’The idea of beating Vettori to get another title shot is exactly what drives me in this sport.
Gamers understand.'<br>Whittaker is a favourite to take out the Italian in Paris and the Aussie thinks the bout will be an interesting contrast.<br>’We are so stylistically different. It’ll come down to who can push who’s game plan on the other.
It’s going to be important for me to set the pace and control the fight,’ he said.<br>The 31-year-old believes he is just coming into his prime as a fighter and is very confident he can impose his will on his opponent.<br>
Whittaker is looking to set the pace and control the action when he takes on Vettori this weekend<br>’I’m hoping he keeps trying to walk forward and pkv poker I keep hitting him.
That’s best case scenario. He wont be able to take the punishment anymore and will just go away.’ <br>Whittaker’s clash with Vettori will act as the co-main event of the UFC’s maiden trip to France, with Aussie heavyweight brawler tai Tuivasa to headline in a showdown with French star Ciryl Gane.<br>A win for Tuivasa will undoubtedly earn him a shot at heavyweight king Francis Ngannou.<br>