Report – Robert Whittaker targeted to return at UFC 275 against Marvin Vettori on June 11.

Robert Whittaker
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It’s potentially a quickfire return for former undisputed UFC middleweight champion, Robert ‘The Reaper’ Whittaker, who is currently targeted to tackle former title challenger, Marvin ‘The Italian Dream’ Vettori at UFC 275 on June 11. The promotion have yet to determine a location or venue for the event.

Headlining UFC 271 back in February, Whittaker suffered a close unanimous judging loss to two-time opponent, Israel Adesanya in the main event of their championship rematch.

For Vettori, the Trento native headlined UFC Vegas 41 against fellow contender, Paulo Costa in a short-notice light heavyweight main event – nabbing a competitive unanimous decision victory over the Belo Horizonte native. Ariel Helwani was first to report the targeted matchup of Whittaker and Vettori. 

Prior to his loss against Adesanya last month, Whittaker had embarked on an impressive three-fight winning streak since his first loss to the Nigerian-Kiwi – besting the trio of Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum.

Kings MMA trainee, Vettori suffered a similar unanimous decision loss to common-opposition, Adesanya back in June of last year – snapping a run of five straight victories including wins over Kevin Holland, Jack Hermansson, and Cezar Ferreira. 

While Whittaker and Vettori are targeted to meet in June, defending champion, Adesanya is expected to return at either UFC 276 or UFC 277 in July – taking on the aforenoted, Cannonier in a bid to score his fifth successful defense of the middleweight crown. 

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