The UFC is in early talks to reserve Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold for UFC 221 in Perth according to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting.
The UFC middleweight division is in a state of change and has been doing so for quite some time. Since Luke Rockhold was upset by Michael Bisping, the division has been trying to stabilize.
With Robert Whittaker on an incredible winning streak that culminated in the interim middleweight title, it looked like the division would finally straighten out in a unification match between him and Bisping.
However, when Whittaker injured himself, a super fight was played and he faced big welterweight Georges St-Pierre against Bisping. St-Pierre won and expressed his uncertainty about belt defense before falling ill and being out indefinitely.
Now, with Whittaker on the road to recovery, St-Pierre currently out of the picture, and Rockhold having won a victory after a long layoff, the division may finally have a way forward again.
Ariel Helwani took to his Twitter today to reveal that a fight between former champion Rockhold and interim champion Whittaker is underway for UFC 221 in Perth, Australia.
Rockhold fought for the last time a few months ago against David Branch. Despite some initial problems, he managed to finish Branch in the second round. With many feelings such as complacency played an important role in the loss of his title to Bisping and that is still the best middleweight in the division, the victory placed Rockhold in pole position to fight for a belt.
Whittaker, similarly, fought earlier this year for the interim belt, beating Yoel Romero by unanimous decision, with many fanatics and experts believing that the interim belt is more legitimate than the real belt.