Former UFC middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, has reportedly pulled out his upcoming UFC 248 fight against number four ranked contender, Jared Cannonier.
Sources are indicating this is due to "undisclosed personal reasons" - which really doesn't provide any detail whatsoever.
The Australian native has been living quietly without any publicly known drama or issues since losing his title to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243. Nor has he fought since the milestone Melbourne event. Whittaker has, however, been sighted sharpening his grappling skills at Sydney's local Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitive circuits.
With no replacement currently locked in, the UFC is scrambling to keep Cannonier on the card. This marks the second abrupt demand for a replacement in the last few months, the previous incident being when Frankie Edgar filled in for Brian Ortega against Chan Sung Jung during December's Fight Night 165.
Currently, speculation has been thrown around regarding whether Darren Till will step up to the challenge on such short notice. But again, the news is still extremely fresh. Meaning we'll just have to wait and see.
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