Robert Whittaker Vs. Marvin Vettori Targeted For UFC 275
A fight between two top middleweights is in the works.
Former middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker is being targeted to take on Marvin Vettori at UFC 275 for potentially three rounds.
Whittaker suffered loss only twice in his latest 14 appearances. Both defeats are against the current king of the middleweight, Israel Adesanya.
He fought well against the champion in his latest fight, and he thought he did enough to earn the title, but Adesanya defended it via unanimous decision. Now he will fight against the former title challenger.
“It wasn’t part of the plan, but I was offered an opportunity, presented with it, and honestly, I don’t have any injuries from the last fight,” Whittaker told The MMA Hour.
“There’s a lot of things — just the date suits up, there’s a lot of things that I had planned for after the date. And I wanted to get three fights in this year, so hitting a potential fight in June is a good day for me.”
Whittaker (23-6-0, 14-4 in the UFC) is the No. 2 ranked middleweight in the division. After being dethroned, he earned the rematch by earning three victories in a row against top contenders of the division like Darren Till, Kelvin Gastelum and Jared Cannonier.
Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero twice in a row when “The Soldier of God” was in his prime.
Italian Dream Vettori (18-5-1, 8-3-1 in the UFC) fought against Adesanya twice and was defeated in both battles. After losing a rematch with The Last Stylebender, he defeated Paulo Costa via unanimous decision.
The main event will be a light heavyweight title fight between newly crowned champion Glover Teixeira and fast rising star Jiri Prochazka.
Only four fights are officially scheduled on this card. Valentina Shevchenko (22-3-0, 11-2 in the UFC) will defend her belt against Taila Santos (19-1-0, 4-1 in the UFC) in the co-main event.
Check all the scheduled fights down below:
- Glover Teixeira vs. Jiří Procházka 205 lbs
- V. Shevchenko vs. Taila Santos 125 lbs
- Robert Whittaker vs. Marvin Vettori 185 lbs
- S. Juárez vs. Na Liang 115 lbs