Whittaker to defend world title at UFC 225 in June
Robert Whittaker's year-long absence from the octagon will end in June, when he takes on Cuban Yoel Romero in his first title defence of the world middleweight championship.
The UFC announced on Thursday that Whittaker would headline UFC 225 in Chicago on June 9, a re-match of last year's bout that saw the Australian claim a decision victory in a five-round war.
The 27-year-old was scheduled to defend his title against America's Luke Rockhold in Perth earlier this year, but had to withdraw due to illness - leaving Romero to step up on short notice.
Although the Cuban won the fight, which was to be for an interim title belt, he failed to make the 84-kilogram weight limit, and was left empty-handed despite the victory.
Now, the former Olympic silver medallist has a chance for revenge, coming agonisingly close to victory in Las Vegas.