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

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

For the 185-pound title, this is with winner Georges St-Pierre not returning for the middleweight division per TSN.
Whittaker (19-4) headsi into his first title defence off an eight battle win streak, including a unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero at UFC 213 where he captured the interim middleweight title. The 26-year-old has completed two of his three opponents. Rockhold (16-3) is coming from a stoppage victory over David Branch in UFC Fight Night 116. Strikeforce winner and the UFC has won half of the last seven fights. .
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou set for UFC 220
MMAJunkie broke the news that heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will confront Francis Ngannou in UFC 220 on Jan. 20 in TD Garden at Boston.
Miocic (17-2) is now riding a five-fight win series including a first-round TKO victory over Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211 back in May. The 35-year-old has won eight of the 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 is an updated look at 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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