Robert Whittaker's Next UFC Opponent Has Been Announced
Despite only fighting Darren Till a week ago, Robert Whittaker has already signed off on his next bout.
According to ESPN, the Aussie will go toe-to-toe with the division's danger man Jared Cannonier at UFC 254 on October 25.
ESPN's Brett Okamoto tweeted: "Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier, UFC 254 on Oct. 24. Per UFC president Dana White. Gotta believe that will determine the next No. 1 contender. Prediction?"
Breaking: Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) vs. Jared Cannonier (@killagorillamma), UFC 254 on Oct. 24. Per UFC president Dana White (@danawhite). Gotta believe that will determine the next No. 1 contender. Prediction? pic.twitter.com/vS10FcEoie
- Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 1, 2020
Former middleweight champ Whittaker came out on top in a technical, five-round scrap against Till on UFC Fight Island - a win which cemented his spot as the number one contender in the division.
But before a potential highly-anticipated, trans-Tasman rematch against reigning middleweight king Israel Adesanya, the man dubbed 'Bobby Knuckles' must first take out another contender for the title: Jared Cannonier.
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After securing big TKO wins against UFC legend Anderson Silva and breakthrough star Jack Hermansson, Cannonier's name entered the conversation regarding future title shots.
:loud_sound:"What I see now is [Robert Whittaker] wanting to fight Jack Hermansson, and Costa, and Izzy in his interviews and nobody is mentioning my name. So everybody must have forgot...but I'm still here." - @killagorillamma on the middleweight title picture:punch:#TLTS@lthomasnews pic.twitter.com/XksiSXfocf
- MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) July 31, 2020
And with Adesanya set to defend his belt against Brazilian Paulo Costa at UFC 253, it's understood the winner of this fight between Whittaker and Cannonier will go on to earn a shot at the middleweight title sometime in 2021.
Whittaker and Cannonier were initially booked to fight at UFC 248 in March before the Aussie later pulled out.
Now, though, it appears the two are finally set to meet in the octagon with a highly sought-after number one contender spot up for grabs.
Heavy-hitter Cannonier hasn't fought in just under a year. As for The Reaper, he's back in the winning circle and wants that UFC gold wrapped round his waist again.
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