— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) September 13, 2018
Birth name: Robert John Whittaker
Place of Birth: Middlemore, Auckland, New Zealand
Date of Birth: 20 December, 1990
Māori, Samoan (mother)
Robert Whittaker is a New Zealand-born professional MMA fighter. He is of Māori and Samoan heritage on his maternal side and Anglo-Australian on his father’s side. He moved to Australia at a young age, and grew up in Melbourne and Sydney. He has stated that he is proud of representing both Australia and New Zealand.
Whittaker grew up playing rugby but gave it up to pursue his MMA career. He trained in Karate and Hapkido from a young age but would later transition to freestyle wrestling and MMA.