It’s taken some effort, and hella damage, but Robert Whittaker is officially the clear-cut baddest man in the middleweight division. Which, given the current state of the weight class, isn’t as impressive as being the king during the Anderson Silva Era, but whatever. He’s beaten Yoel Romero twice. He’s the man.
So now it’s all about Whittaker recovering from the self-destruction required of those who sit upon the throne, while his loyal subjects below him bicker and plot his overthrow.
Cue tweets between former champ Chris Weidman and the ever-persistent TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum. Apparently Weidman said something about how deserves the next title shot because of his accomplishments. Gastelum disagreed.
-your argument for consideration for a title shot is based upon being the “most decorated”, then Whittaker should fight the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center this Fall…
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) June 13, 2018
?Chrispy??? Now it’s personal…my argument is simple. I am ranked ahead of YOU and I finished YOU in my last fight. https://t.co/EaqAPvdINm
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) June 14, 2018
Keep in mind that Weidman lost his belt to Luke Rockhold, then racked up losses to Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi until Gastelum was kind enough to dive into the deep end of the pool and get devoured.
Gastelum, meanwhile, most recently beat Ronaldo Souza and Michael Bisping.
Who deserves the shot against Whittaker more? That’s a good question, but I think an even better question is what happened to make the middleweight division less than thrilling?
Sure, not every weight class can have a Conor McGregor, trash-talking up a pay-per-view frenzy. But right now, the only heat the 185-pounders have going is a little Twitter back and forth between two dudes who had a pretty definitive ending to their own pairing.
Someone needs to throw a hand-truck at a bus. Spend the night in jail. Something. We need to care about the middleweights again.