MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: ROBERT WHITTAKER VS. LUKE ROCKHOLD TARGETED FOR UFC 221

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Ariel Helwani Accounts that Robert Whittaker will Confront Luke Rockhold in FC 221 on Feb. 10 in Perth, Western Australia.

With champion Georges St-Pierre not returning to the middleweight division per TSN, this is for the 185-pound title.
Whittaker (19-4) headsi to his first title defence off an eight fight win streak, including a unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero in UFC 213 where he seized the interim middleweight title. The 26-year-old has finished two of the last three opponents. Rockhold (16-3) is coming off a stoppage victory over David Branch at UFC Fight Night 116. Strikeforce winner and the former UFC has won six of his last seven fights. .
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou place for UFC 220
MMAJunkie broke the news that heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will confront Francis Ngannou in UFC 220 on Jan. 20 at TD Garden at Boston.
Miocic (17-2) is now riding a five-fight win series such as a first-round TKO victory over Junior Dos Santos in UFC 211 back May. The 35-year-old has won eight of his last nine fights. Ngannou (11-1) has stayed undefeated at the UFC and conquered Alistair Overeem final weekend in UFC 218 by first-round knockout. The 31-year-old has not lost a fight since December 2013. Here’s an updated look in the card.
Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Francis Ngannouo — for heavyweight title
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Volkan Oezdemir — to get light heavyweight title
Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau
Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja
Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font
Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar
Kyle Bochniak vs. Brandon Davis
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