Ariel Helwani reports that Robert Whittaker will face Luke Rockhold at FC 221 on Feb. 10 in Perth, Western Australia.
With winner Georges St-Pierre not returning for the middleweight division per TSN, this is for the 185-pound title.
Whittaker (19-4) headsi into his first title defence off an eight battle win streak, including a unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero at UFC 213 where he seized the interim middleweight title. The 26-year-old has completed two of his last three opponents. Rockhold (16-3) is coming off a stoppage victory over David Branch at UFC Fight Night 116. Strikeforce champion and the UFC has won half of the last seven fights. .
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou place for UFC 220
MMAJunkie broke the information that heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will confront Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 on Jan. 20 at TD Garden at Boston.
Miocic (17-2) is currently riding a five-fight win streak such as a first-round TKO victory over Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211 back May. The 35-year-old has won eight of the last nine fights. Ngannou (11-1) has remained undefeated in the UFC and defeated Alistair Overeem last weekend in UFC 218 by first-round knockout. The 31-year-old hasn’t lost a fight since December 2013. Here’s an updated look at the card.
Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Francis Ngannouo — for heavyweight title
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Volkan Oezdemir — to get light heavyweight title
Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau
Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja
Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font
Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar
Kyle Bochniak vs. Brandon Davis
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