UFC president Dana White will jet into Sydney next week so that he can personally announce a blockbuster Australian title fight for middleweight champ Robert Whittaker.

As first predicted by The Daily Telegraph in July, Whittaker will defend his UFC strap on home soil early in 2019 – most likely as the headliner for UFC 234 on February 10.

While the date and venue are yet to be officially revealed, Melbourne is favoured to host Whittaker’s second defence against Californian native Kelvin Gastelum.

Over the weekend, White told broadcast partners ESPN that a middleweight title fight was set for Australia, but wouldn’t be drawn on specifics.

Instead, the famed fight promoter will make a rare trip to Sydney next week – aboard his private jet, no less – and personally announce the news to Australia’s No. 1 fighter.



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