UFC officials hope to have middleweight champ Georges St-Pierre return to action at UFC 221 this February in Perth, Australia.
“Listen, bottom line is that we want to have Robbie (Whittaker) fight in Perth,” David Shaw, UFC Vice President of international content said at the UFC Fight Night 121 post-fight press conference via Forbes. “The stars are sort of aligning for that event, having a pay-per-view there. First time in Western Australia, which is meaningful to us. We want to blow it out of the water and make it a very significant event and make a real impact, not only for Western Australians but for Australian fans all over the country.”
Obviously current UFC interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker would be happy with the potential booking, but will Georges St-Pierre be willing to make such a quick turnaround remains the question.
“It’s probably going to come down to Georges,” Shaw said. “Three months for anybody is a quick turnaround, so if we can line up that fight, that’d be amazing.”
The Canadian superstar, St-Pierre, returned from a four year hiatus earlier this month in the main event of UFC 217 in New York where he defeated Michael Bisping to become the UFC middleweight champion.
Following his third-round stoppage victory over “The Count”, UFC officials confirmed that St-Pierre’s next fight would be a title unification bout with Robert Whittaker.
As for Whittaker, the New Zealand born fighter was last seen in action this past July where he defeated Yoel Romero via unanimous decision to become the promotions interim middleweight champion.
UFC 221 takes place February 10 live from Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.
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