Whittaker, who suffered a decision loss to division champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 271, fueled speculation of a match-up with Vettori in media interviews in the past week.
The Australian has made no secret of his desire to fight a top contender and claw his way back into contention for the title that Adesanya took from him in 2019. Vettori is currently the third-ranked challenger in the middleweight division.
“I think my guys are talking. I think that’s the next fight. That’s really the only guy in the top five that I haven’t fought,” Whittaker said in an interview with CBS Sports. “I think that’s on the agenda. Realistically, it’s the only fight that makes sense for both of us.”
Recent fighter form:
In his most recent octagon appearance against Adesanya, Whittaker was the moderate underdog, coming in at +240. The loss snapped a 3-fight winning streak. Whittaker’s professional MMA record currently sits at 23-6.
Vettori most recently appeared at UFC Fight Night, taking on and defeating Paulo Costa via Decision in a Light Heavyweight bout. Vettori went into the fight as the -200 moderate favorite. Vettori earned a performance of the night bonus cheque for his efforts. The win marked a return to the win column for Vettori. Vettori’s professional MMA record currently sits at 18-4-1.
The AllStar will post opening betting lines when betting markets open.
Tale of the tape
|Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker||vs||Marvin “The Italian Dream” Vettori|
|6’0″ (182cm)||Height||6’0″ (183cm)|
|73.5″ (187cm)||Reach||74.0″ (188cm)|