The following middleweight title challenger might be selected Battle Island. And that pivotal bout is now official.
The 2 will meet on Yas Island — dubbed “Battle Island” for this monthlong slate of occasions — in the primary occasion of UFC Battle Evening on Saturday. This would be the fourth present in three weeks placed on by the UFC within the United Arab Emirates.
ESPN has Whittaker ranked because the No. 2 middleweight MMA fighter on the planet; Until is ranked No. 6.
Whittaker (20-5) has not fought since dropping the title to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243 final October. The New Zealand-born Australia resident was on a nine-fight profitable streak previous to that, together with two victories over Yoel Romero. Whittaker, 29, was the primary Australian to win a UFC title.
Until (18-2-1) is coming off a split-decision win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244 final November. The Liverpool, England, native snapped a two-fight dropping streak with that victory. Until, 27, was undefeated earlier than that skid and is a former welterweight title challenger. The Gastelum bout was his first within the UFC at middleweight.