Exclusive: Robert Whittaker books clash with Brian Melancon at UFC Brisbane
Robert Whittaker has been booked to appear on the next UFC card Down Under
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At just 20 years of age, Whittaker is seen as one of the brightest young prospects in the sport and now he'll return to the Octagon after suffering his first UFC defeat against Court McGee in August, when he squares off against former Strikeforce fighter Brian Melancon in Brisbane.
This will be Whittaker's first fight in front of his home crowd since December of last year, when he took out a unanimous decision victory over Englishman Brad Scott to claim the TUF: Smashes crown.
Whittaker will join a host of local fighters on the UFC Fight Night 33 card including Mark Hunt who faces "Bigfoot" Silva, James te Huna who will battle "Shogun" Rua and Anthony Perosh who faces his biggest challenge to date in the form of heavy hitter Ryan Bader.
UFC announces return to Australia
MMA Kanvas recently spoke to the rising 170 pound (77kg) star at The Ultimate Fighter: Nations tryouts in Sydney (watch video), where he gave his thoughts on making a potential appearance on the UFC card in Brisbane.
"A UFC card in Australia is always big, to have the privilege to fight on a UFC card is amazing to start with... to fight on one in my home (country) is just a dream," he said.
"To get on that card, it would be the highlight of my life. Whoever the UFC lines up, I'll just stomp down," he continued.
Whittaker's opponent Melancon is coming off a first round submission defeat to Ultimate Fighter season 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum (7-0) in August.
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