After multiple rumours suggested that the rematch between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker would kick off the new year, the middleweight title fight is now being targeted for UFC 271 on February 12th.
Reports are suggesting that no contracts have been signed, and negotiations are still ongoing at this time. However, both fighters have verbally agreed to headline the event.
The previous fight between the two went down in October 2019 at UFC 243, and it was here that Adesanya became the UFC champion for the first time after taking apart Whittaker inside two rounds. Since then, he’s gone on to defend his title three times.
Wins over Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa, and Marvin Vettori have shown that Izzy is ready to lap the middleweight division and further prove his dominance. His only loss in this time came against the former light-heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz, earlier this year.
On the other side, ‘Bobby Knuckles’ last fought in the UFC Vegas 24 main event against a fellow contender, Kelvin Gastelum, who he won unanimously. He will be looking to get revenge over the champion, which remains his only loss in the UFC middleweight division.
It’s unclear where the event will take place, but President Dana White has suggested that it may be held in Seattle or a major Canadian city.
Either way, be ready for fireworks in this one, as Robert Whittaker will have his chance to take back what he believes is his against Israel Adesanya at UFC 271 on February 12th.
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