A previously cancelled fight between Robert Whittaker and Marvin Vettori now looks set to take place at the UFC’s first ever event in Paris, France on September 3rd.
The two had previously been scheduled to lock horns at UFC 275 next month, but Whittaker had to withdraw due to an injury and so Vettori had moved on to calling out other opponents like Darren Till and Khamzat Chimaev.
However, since he’s come up empty-handed in his attempts to pick up a new opponent, Vettori has now turned his sights back on Whittaker.
“Alright so I guess since can’t find an opponent any earlier I’m fighting Whittaker in Paris,” Vettori announced on Twitter.
“You better show the f*ck up this time. Lets do it, I’ve been waiting for too long now.”
If it goes through the fight would see Whittaker fighting for the first time since losing his title rematch against Israel Adesanya at UFC 271 in February by unanimous decision.
Before that the former champ had been on a three-fight winning streak, defeating Darren Till, Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum to earn that opportunity to try to win back the belt.
As for Vettori, he too lost a rematch to Adesanya not so long ago, but has since rebounded with a unanimous decision victory over Paulo Costa, leaving him with six wins from his last seven Octagon outings.
Whittaker vs. Vettori would join a UFC: Paris event that is expected to be headlined by a heavyweight clash between Ciryl Gane and Tai Tuivasa.