But there is a condition. At UFC 290토토사이트 in August, he must defeat Dricus Du Plessis, a 20-year-old divinity with five consecutive victories.
Whitaker (24-6 MMA, 15-4 UFC) is currently #2 in the middleweight rankings. Pereira, who was recently defeated by Adesanya, is the priority registrant because he is in first place.
But UFC president White has to take it a step further by announcing on Thursday that Whitaker and the winner of No. 6 Plessis (19-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) will face Adesanya for a title fight later this year.
Whitaker lost to Adesanya in both previous matches. In his first fight, he lost the title, a complete loss, and in the second fight last year, he played a better match, although he lost.
Whittaker, who now knows how to attack Adesanya, plans to defeat Plessis and achieve his dream of recapturing the title.
Plessis is a fighter from South Africa. He is only 29 years old, but he has 21 fights as EFC welterweight and middleweight champions.
He entered the UFC in 2020 and has 5 wins out of 5. He entered the rankings by defeating Brad Tavares in his third match, then defeated Darren Till to reach number 10 in the rankings and defeating Derek Brunson to reach number 6 in the rankings.
Although Plessis is a fast-rising player with five consecutive wins, the odds are higher because he is Whitaker, who regained his strength after defeating Marvin Vettori after losing against Adesanya.
UFC 290 is a weighty membership competition featuring featherweight champion Volkanovski defending against Rodriguez and flyweight champion Brandon Moreno defending against Pantoya.