It’s been 861 days since Robert Whittaker lost his middleweight title in front of more than 57,000 fans at UFC 243 inside Marvel Stadium.
The man who took it from him via a second-round knockout, Israel Adesanya, has defended the title three times since, but also suffered his first loss in MMA when he moved up a division to light heavyweight and challenged then-champion Jan Blachowicz. .
To earn his rematch on Saturday at UFC 271 in Houston, Whittaker won three fights in a row, all by unanimous decision. Will the former champion continue his streak and reclaim the title or will Adesanya make an even quicker job of the challenger?
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UFC 271 Live Blog
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UFC 271 Main Card (Live Now on ESPN+ PPV)
Middleweight: Israel Adesanya -300 vs. Robert Whittaker +240
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis -190 vs. Tai Tuivasa +155
Middleweight: Jared Cannonier def. Derek Brunson by TKO (elbows) at 4:29 from R2
Lightweight: Renato Moicano beats. Alexander Hernandez by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:23 from R2
Lightweight: Bobby Green beats. Nasrat Haqparast via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Full UFC 271 preliminary card results
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski def. Jared Vanderaa by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Flyweight: Casey O’Neill def. Roxanne Modafferi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Kyler Phillips def. Marcelo Rojo by submission (armbar) at 1:48 from R3
Light Heavyweight: Carlos Ulberg def. Fabio Cherant by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Full results from the first UFC 271 preliminary cards
Bantamweight: Ronnie Lawrence def. Mana Martinez via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Middleweight: Jacob Malkoun beats. AJ Dobson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Douglas Silva de Andrade defeated. Sergey Morozov via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:34 from R2
Welterweight: Jeremiah Wells def. Blood Diamond by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:38 from R1
Heavyweight: Maxim Grishin def. William Knight by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)