MMA Odds and Ends for Friday: Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold targeted for UFC 221

Ariel Helwani reports
that Robert Whittaker will face Luke Rockhold at FC 221 on Feb. 10 in Perth, Western Australia. With champion Georges St-Pierre not returning for the middleweight division per TSN, this will be for the 185-pound title. 

Whittaker (19-4) headsi into his first title defence off an eight fight win streak, including a unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero at UFC 213 where he captured the interim middleweight title. The 26-year-old has finished two of his last three opponents. Rockhold (16-3) is coming off a stoppage victory over David Branch at UFC Fight Night 116. The former UFC and Strikeforce champion has won six of his last seven fights..

Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou set for UFC 220

MMAJunkie broke the news that heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will face Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 on Jan. 20 at TD Garden in Boston.

Miocic (17-2) is currently riding a five-fight win streak including a first-round TKO victory over Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211 back in May. The 35-year-old has won eight of his last nine fights. Ngannou (11-1) has remained undefeated in the UFC and defeated Alistair Overeem last weekend at UFC 218 by first-round knockout. The 31-year-old hasn’t lost a fight since December 2013. Here’s an updated look at the card.

Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Francis Ngannouo – for heavyweight title
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Volkan Oezdemir – for light heavyweight title
Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau
Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja
Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font
Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar
Kyle Bochniak vs. Brandon Davis

Written by James Lynch

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