A rematch between UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya and former titleholder Robert Whittaker could come in the first quarter of 2022. UFC is reportedly looking to book the fight for their February 12th pay-per-view card, per Damon Martin of MMA Fighting.
The fight hasn’t been made official yet, however, reports say both fighters have verbally agreed to the date. Should the bout be made official, it would join UFC 271, which doesn’t have a confirmed location at the moment.
Adesanya became the fighter to end Whittaker’s title reign in 2019, pulling off a second-round stoppage win.
He has since had a dominant run in the division, defending the belt three times through the past two years.
Adesanya last fought in June, going five rounds against Marvin Vettori for a unanimous decision win.
Whittaker has picked up a trio of big wins at middleweight on his way to another title bout.
Whittaker has headlined two UFC cards since the start of 2020, picking up a five-round decision victory over both Darren Till and Kelvin Gastelum. He has also beat Jared Cannonier in a three-round fight in that time period as well.
Here is how UFC 271 would look if the middleweight title bout gets confirmed.
Bout 7: Israel Adesanya (21-1) vs. Robert Whittaker (23-5) (UFC Middleweight Championship)
Bout 6: Douglas Silva de Andrade (27-4) vs. Sergey Morozov (17-4) (Bantamweight)
Bout 5: Kyler Phillips (9-2) vs. Marcelo Rojo (16-7) (Bantamweight)
Bout 4: Alexander Hernandez (13-4) vs. Renato Moicano (15-4-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 3: Roxanne Modafferi (25-19) vs. Casey O’Neill (8-0) (Flyweight)
Bout 2: Carlos Ulberg (3-1) vs. Fabio Cherant (7-3) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 1: Orion Cosce (7-1) vs. Mike Diamond (3-0) (Welterweight)