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Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker 2 Delayed Once Again, Likely To Headline February 12. Event

The UFC middleweight championship rematch between reigning division kingpin, Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya, and former titleholder, Robert ‘The Reaper’ Whittaker has reportedly been delayed further from a tentatively targeted UFC 270 landing pad in January.

According to reports from Combate reporter, Raphael Marinho, the middleweight title rematch between the two is now likely to take place at UFC 271 the following month, on February 12.

UFC president, Dana White initially outlined January for the middleweight title rematch between Adesanya and Whittaker, with the ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions in New Zealand and Australia putting the kibosh on a potential November showdown at UFC 268 next month.

As a result of the reshuffling, the promotion has since subsequently penned their first pay-per-view event headliner of the year, matching heavyweight champions, brief former training partners, Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane for the UFC 270 flagship event.

Undefeated in his last three title defenses following a September 2019 second round knockout win over the aforenoted, Whittaker to unify the belts, Adesanya has since dispatched the trio of Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa, and Marvin Vettori to successfully defend the middleweight crown.

Suffering his first professional mixed martial arts loss back in March, Adesanya made his light heavyweight debut — challenging upcoming UFC 267 titleholder, Jan Blachowicz for gold. Dropping a unanimous decision defeat to the Polish veteran, Adesanya saw his perfect run of 20 straight victories halted.

For Whittaker, the fan favorite former champion has rebounded from his second round knockout loss to Adesanya in spectacular fashion — recapturing form which first led him to Octagon gold.

The Auckland-born kickboxer has enjoyed a three-fight winning spree, taking a trio of impressive unanimous decision wins over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and most recently, common-opposition, Kelvin Gastelum.

At the time of publication, the promotion are still expected to field a recently booked potential title-eliminator between the above mentioned, Cannonier and Derek Brunson for UFC 270 in January, while one-time undisputed title chasers, Costa and Vettori are slated to headline an upcoming UFC Vegas 41 event in two week’s time.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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