Five UFC Champions In Danger Of Losing Their Belts In 2018

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Robert Whittaker

Whittaker has proven to be one of if not the middleweight division’s best talents, as he’s racked up eight consecutive victories. He’s coming off of back-to-back victories over top contenders Ronaldo Souza and Yoel Romero as well, although his next fight could prove to be a difficult one.

After Georges St-Pierre vacated his 185-pound title earlier this month, Whittaker was promoted to undisputed champion, and he’ll defend his title for the first time at UFC 221 in February against ex-titleholder Luke Rockhold.

Whittaker is young, well-rounded, and riding an incredible wave of momentum, so it’s possible that he’ll reign over the division for quite a while, but Rockhold is a tough out for anyone at 185 pounds.

He lost his title via shocking knockout to Michael Bisping in 2016, but many still consider him to be one of the best in the world.

This fight between Whittaker and Rockhold will likely be an incredibly close one, and one I could see going either way.

  • Shock Wave

    I can’t wait for Conor to get stripped of his title.
    On the real, the UFC should make a timeline for when champions should defend their titles or get stripped.
    Then A-holes like Conor can’t hold divisions hostage.

    • Draven

      champions usually get 12 months to defend their titles.

    • leonaidis

      I hope they don’t strip him, I hope they feed him to Khabib or Tony. But, he’ll probably get a dead beat, mediocre fighter like Nate again. I think he’ll vacate the title before getting in the octagon with Tony or Khabib.

  • Dave WC

    They should rank the champs from most to least likely to still have their title at the end of 2018. Cyborg has to be the most likely.