PARIS – Robert Whittaker once again proved he won’t be vanquished from the middleweight title picture

with a masterclass performance against Marvin Vettori in the UFC Fight Night 209 co-main event.

Whittaker, a former UFC champ, took out another fellow top contender Saturday 

when he outworked Vettori to a unanimous decision at Accor Arena in France. 

It was a brilliant showing from “The Reaper” on the heels of losing his rematch to current titleholder Israel Adesanya at UFC 271 in February.

Getting the UFC title back around Whittaker’s waist is his sole goal at this stage of his career

and he said he won’t let anyone stand in his way.

“I’m a fiend for progress,” Whittaker told MMA Junkie and other reporters post-fight at UFC Fight Night 209.

“I want to move forward. I’m hunting that gold still. 

So I’m always going to lurking around, just destroying who they put in front of me until I get a chance to gobble up that gold.