Robert Whittaker fights on Saturday for the primary time since dropping his UFC middleweight championship in October, taking up former welterweight Darren Until in the principle occasion of UFC Struggle Evening in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

It’s the fourth and closing occasion within the UFC’s two-week run on Yas Island, which the promotion has dubbed “Struggle Island.”

Whittaker (20-5) misplaced his belt to Israel Adesanya, ending a nine-fight successful streak relationship again to 2014. He’s No. 2 in ESPN’s middleweight rankings.

The sixth-ranked Until (18-2-1) moved up from 170 kilos in November and defeated Kelvin Gastelum, who seven months earlier had competed for an interim 185-pound title.

The fights are on ESPN and ESPN+, with the principle card beginning at eight p.m. ET and the prelims at 5 p.m.

There are additionally former champions within the three fights previous the headliner. Ex-light heavyweight titlist Mauricio Rua faces fellow veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira within the co-main occasion. Fabricio Werdum, a former heavyweight champ, welcomes longtime 205-pounder Alexander Gustafsson to the division. And Carla Esparza, the UFC’s inaugural strawweight champion, takes on Marina Rodriguez.

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Saturday’s combat schedule

ESPN/ESPN+, eight p.m. ET
Robert Whittaker vs. Darren Until | Middleweight
Mauricio Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira | Gentle heavyweight
Fabricio Werdum vs. Alexander Gustafsson | Heavyweight
Carla Esparza vs. Marina Rodriguez | Strawweight
Paul Craig vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov | Gentle heavyweight
Alex Oliveira vs. Peter Sobotta | Welterweight
ESPN/ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Jai Herbert | Light-weight
Nicolas Dalby vs. Jesse Ronson | Welterweight
Tom Aspinall vs. Jake Collier | Heavyweight
Movsar Evloev vs. Mike Grundy | Males’s featherweight
Tanner Boser vs. Raphael Pessoa | Heavyweight
Bethe Correia vs. Pannie Kianzad | Girls’s bantamweight
Ramazan Emeev vs. Niklas Stolze | Welterweight
Khamzat Chimaev vs. Rhys McKee | Welterweight
Nathaniel Wooden vs. John Castaneda | Males’s bantamweight

High tales

Robert Whittaker headed for UFC’s Struggle Island

Refreshed Robert Whittaker prepared to begin climb again to the highest