Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, is still several months away from his mixed martial arts (MMA) return, thanks to a nasty Staph infection that was mistreated and spread to his stomach.
More on that nightmare here.
But after finally getting the medical care he so desperately needed, “The Reaper” was was able to lace up the mitts and get back into training. And the timing couldn’t have been better, as the 185-pound weight class is about to sift through some of its longstanding clutter.
Michael Bisping (probably) retires in March, while Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero collide for the interim strap at the UFC 221 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Perth, Australia, a headliner originally booked for Whittaker.
In addition, Ronaldo Souza rid the contender’s pool of Derek Brunson at UFC on FOX 27, so there is a pretty clear order to things as far as the 2018 title scene is concerned. Unless, of course, this “bothered” dark horse gallops into the picture.