Ariel Helwani Accounts that Robert Whittaker will face Luke Rockhold at FC 221 on Feb. 10 in Perth, Western Australia.
With champion Georges St-Pierre not returning for the middleweight division per TSN, this will be for the title.
Whittaker (19-4) headsi into his first title defence off an eight battle win streak, including a unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero in UFC 213 where he captured the interim middleweight title. The 26-year-old has finished two of his last three competitions. Rockhold (16-3) is coming off a stoppage victory over David Branch at UFC Fight Night 116. The UFC and Strikeforce winner has won six of the last seven fights. .
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou place for UFC 220
MMAJunkie broke the news that heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will confront Francis Ngannou in UFC 220 on Jan. 20 at TD Garden in Boston.
Miocic (17-2) is now riding a five-fight win series including a first-round TKO victory over Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211 back in May. The 35-year-old has won eight of the last nine fights. Ngannou (11-1) has stayed undefeated in the UFC and defeated Alistair Overeem final weekend at UFC 218 by first-round knockout. The 31-year-old has not lost a fight. Here is 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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