Israel Adesanya, Robert Whittaker Targeted To Headline UFC 271 In Washington Or Canada

UFC president, Dana White has confirmed that the promotion are currently hoping to secure a landing pad for the middleweight championship rematch between reigning champion, Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya and former titleholder, Robert ‘The Reaper’ Whittaker at UFC 271 on February 12.

White, as per TSN reporter, Aaron Bronsteter, confirmed that the organization are currently working on matching Adesanya and Whittaker for the second time, with UFC 271 on February 12. earmarked, with hopes to host the event in either Seattle, Washington or in a return to Canada.

Just spoke to Dana White who tells me that UFC 271, expected to be headlined by Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker is being targeted for either Seattle or a major Canadian city on February 12, 2022,” Bronsteter tweeted.

The championship re-run between Adesanya and Whittaker was initially expected to feature on the upcoming UFC 268 card next month at Madison Square Garden, with travel restrictions amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic preventing Adesanya’s travel back to New Zealand following the culmination of the event.

The matchup of the champion and the #1 ranked former champion was then tentatively expected to land on UFC 270 on January 22. However, the pairing was delayed for a second time. As a result, a heavyweight championship unification bout between Francis Ngannou and interim gold holder, Ciryl Gane is now slated to take main event status.

As part of a championship doubleheader, a flyweight championship trilogy bout between reigning division best, Brandon Moreno and the #1 ranked former division kingpin, Deiveson Figueiredo is also set to land on the January 20. event at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Initially matching back in October 2019, Adesanya, the then-interim middleweight champion successfully unified the titles with a stunning second round knockout over Whittaker.

In his most recent outing, Whittaker took home a one-sided unanimous decision victory over recent UFC Vegas 41 headliner, Marvin Vettori.

For Auckland-born fan favorite, Whittaker, he headlined UFC Vegas 24 in April, besting short-notice opponent and common-foe, Kelvin Gastelum with a unanimous decision win. The victory marked Whittaker’s third consecutively since a knockout loss to Adesanya.


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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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