Former undisputed UFC middleweight champion, #2 ranked contender, Robert Whittaker is set to make his Octagon return at UFC 290 on July 8. during International Fight Week – taking on streaking South African contender, Dricus du Plessis at the flagship Las Vegas, Nevada event.

Whittaker, who most recently co-headlined UFC Fight Night Paris back in September of last year, defeated one-time title challenger, Marvin Vettori in a one-sided unanimous judging victory in the promotion’s debut in France.

As for du Plessis, the streaking #6 ranked challenger managed to continue his promotional-perfect run under the organizational banner at UFC 285 back in March, securing a second round corner’s stoppage TKO win over veteran contender, Derek Brunson.

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Robert Whittaker or Dricus du Plessis will fight Israel Adesanya later this year

UFC president, Dana White confirmed Robert Whittaker’s return in a title-eliminator against Dricus du Plessis on his official social media – with the victor expected to fight champion, Israel Adesanya at a pay-per-view event targeted for Sydney, Australia later this year.

Twice sharing the Octagon with newly minted champion, Adesanya during his professional career, Robert Whittaker, a former undisputed champion himself, suffered a second round KO loss to the Nigerian-Kiwi in their 2019 title unification clash.

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And in February of last year, the fan-favorite technician managed to force Adesanya the distance over the course of five rounds in their championship re-run, dropping a unanimous decision loss to the City Kickboxing staple.

Finding himself on the receiving end of some social media stick from Adesanya earlier today, du Plessis has campaigned tirelessly for a title tilt against the former since he reclaimed the middleweight title from Alex Pereira at UFC 287 earlier this month, to no avail it seems.

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Making his Octagon tenure back in July 2020, du Plessis, a former KSW champion has landed notable UFC victories over the likes of Brad Tavares, and former welterweight title chaser, promotional alum, Darren Till