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Dana White reveals potential cities for UFC 271: Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker 2 (updated)

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The rematch between “Last Stylebender” and “The Reaper” will likely not be contested in Australia or New Zealand, says Dana White.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) expects UFC 271 to be headlined by Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker 2 in the “Land Down Under” Canada’s border, specifically Seattle.

A rematch between UFC’s Middleweight champion and the No. 1-ranked division contender is in the works for the promotion’s upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event on Feb. 12, 2022, according to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter. However, a correction on the location now has the 185-pound showdown still looking for the proper landing spot.

“Just spoke to Dana White who tells me that UFC 271, expected to be headlined by Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whitaker, is being targeted for either Seattle or a major Canadian city on February 12, 2022,” Bronsteter tweeted on Monday.

In a subsequent tweet, Bronsteter was informed that an error was made in the exchange of information. UFC is indeed looking into Seattle and Canada for UFC cards in 2022, but not for UFC 271.

Adesanya dethroned Whittaker for the UFC Middleweight championship in a one-sided outing (watch highlights here) at UFC 243, earning a second-round knockout at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, on back in Oct. 2019.

Following that fight, “Last Stylebender” (21-1) defended his title against Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa. He made a brief detour to Light Heavyweight in a failed bid to secure that division’s title from Jan Blachowicz. He returned to Middleweight in his most recent fight in June and beat Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision.

“The Reaper” (23-5) bounced back from his loss to Adesanya with three consecutive unanimous decision wins against Darren Till, Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum.

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