Robert Whittaker will finally get the chance to avenge his loss to Israel Adesanya and regain the middleweight title this weekend when he faces his rival in the main event of UFC 271.
In front of a home crowd in Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium – the biggest crowd in UFC history – Whittaker was knocked out by Nigerian-born New Zealander Adesanya in 2019 to lose the gold.
More than 57,000 fans watched on as then-interim champion Adesanya stopped Whittaker in the second round, and the pair will now face off again – this time in Houston, Texas.
Since losing the belt to the “Last Stylebender”, Whittaker has won three in a row against elite competition, while Adesanya has successfully defended the title three times – but also suffered his first professional defeat in failing to win the light heavyweight gold last year.
Here’s all you need to know about UFC 271.
When is it?
UFC 271 takes place on Saturday 12 February at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
What time does it start?
The early prelims are scheduled to begin at 11pm GMT (3pm PT, 5pm CT, 6pm ET), with the prelims following at 1am GMT (5pm PT, 7pm CT, 8pm ET) on Sunday morning. The main card then begins at 3am GMT (7m PT, 9pm CT, 10pm ET.
How can I watch it?
The card will air live on BT Sport in the UK, with the broadcaster’s app and website also streaming the fights.
In the US, ESPN+ will stream the action live, as will the UFC’s Fight Pass.
Israel Adesanya (C) vs Robert Whittaker 2 (middleweight title)
Kyler Phillips vs Marcelo Rojo (bantamweight)
Vinc Pichel vs Mark Madsen (lightweight)
Roxanne Modafferi vs Casey O’Neill (women’s flyweight)
Alexander Hernandez vs Renato Moicano (lightweight)
Carlos Ulberg vs Fabio Cherant (light heavyweight)
Jeremiah Wells def. Blood Diamond via submission first-round submission (rear naked choke, 4:38)
Maxim Grishin def. William Knight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Sergey Morozov via second-round submission (rear naked choke, 3:24)
Jacob Malkoun def. AJ Dobson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ronnie Lawrence def. Mana Martinez via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)