Ariel Helwani reports that Robert Whittaker will face Luke Rockhold in FC 221 on Feb. 10 in Perth, Western Australia.
For the 185-pound name, this will be with winner Georges St-Pierre not returning to the middleweight division per TSN.
Whittaker (19-4) headsi into his first title defence off an eight fight 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 finished two of the last three competitions. Rockhold (16-3) is coming off a stoppage victory over David Branch at UFC Fight Night 116. Strikeforce champion and the UFC has won six of his last seven fights. .
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou set for UFC 220
MMAJunkie broke the news that heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will face Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 on Jan. 20 in TD Garden at Boston.
Miocic (17-2) is currently riding a five-fight win series including 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 at UFC 218 by first-round knockout. The 31-year-old has not lost a fight. Here’s an updated look in 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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