Sport Robert Whittaker to face Luke Rockhold in Perth, reports

08:51  08 december  2017
08:51  08 december  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani reported the news first, saying the UFC is on the verge of booking the fight. The pay per-view card will take place on February 10 at Perth Arena, in “Obviously, Whittaker ’s the real champ and I’m ready to fight him,” Rockhold said. “If Georges were to stay it’d be laughable.

Luke Rockhold wants Robert Whittaker next if GSP refused to face the interim champion. “I’ve talked about [fighting Whittaker at UFC Perth ] with the UFC and it is potentially on the table but I’m not going out there to fight for the interim title.

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Robert Whittaker will face Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in Perth in February, according to reports.

MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani reported the news first, saying the UFC is on the verge of booking the fight.

The pay per-view card will take place on February 10 at Perth Arena, in the company's first PPV show since UFC 193 in Melbourne in 2015.

It is unclear whether the fight will be for Whittaker's interim middleweight title, or if the UFC will strip Georges St-Pierre of his full title.

GSP won the belt in a third-round submission win over Michael Bisping in November, but has hinted he isn't interested in defending it. The Canadian veteran will also be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time with colitis.

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Right now, he plans on taking a vacation for a few weeks before making a decision if he will unify the title against Robert Whittaker . But this is not how Luke Rockhold looks at it. “I’ll be ready to go to Perth , it’s a matter of how this whole thing plays out and we’ll see.”

Whittaker won the interim belt with a unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero at UFC 213 in July.

With St-Pierre unlikely to fight at 185-pounds again, there has been speculation he will be stripped of the title, allowing Whittaker and Rockhold to fight for the unified middleweight belt.

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And it's official — Georges St-Pierre has vacated his title and now Robert Whittaker faces Luke Rockhold for the undisputed middleweight belt at UFC 221 in Australia. UFC 221 takes place on February 11 at Perth Arena in Perth , Western Australia.

Earlier in the week, Rockhold said he considers Whittaker the real middleweight champion and would enjoy a trip to Australia to fight for the belt.

“Obviously, Whittaker’s the real champ and I’m ready to fight him,” Rockhold said.

“If Georges were to stay it’d be laughable. I’d seek the fight (with GSP), but I know he’s not going to stay. Georges won’t fight me, he won’t fight anyone.

“Australia’s like my second home – I’ll have my own fanbase in Australia.

“I’m always down for some Aussie time. I’d gladly walk onto Australian soil and unfortunately, I might hurt a few of their feelings.”

Whittaker had been campaigning for a fight opposite St-Pierre in either Perth or Canada.

Two other fights have so far been announced for the Perth card, with light-heavyweight Tyson Pedro to take on Saparbek Safarov and bantamweight Ben Nguyen fighting Jussier Formiga.

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