The former UFC middleweight champion was left hanging at Friday’s ceremonial weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night 209 after his opponent faked a handshake 

Whittaker went on to beat Vettori  in a unanimous decision in the co-main event of the card.

Afterward, Whittaker told reporters that Vettori’s fake handshake didn’t sit well with him

“It was grubby,” Whittaker said at the UFC Fight Night 209 post-fight press conference

 My coaches anticipated he would do something like that to annoy me. It did. It was a grubby act.

Whittaker was able to bounce back from his second championship loss and solidify his status as a top contender in the division.

Whittaker was very much happy with his showing, but says there’s room for improvement

“I think I let the feeling out process go on a little too long in the first round,” Whittaker said

Whittaker said. “I started a little slower than I would’ve liked in hindsight. 

But that’s always the beauty of hindsight, and after I gauged his space, controlled it