AUSTRALIAN Robert Whittaker has been crowned the UFC middleweight champion after defending champion Georges St-Pierre vacated the title. The Canadian’s bombshell decision means Whittaker becomes the first ever Australian to call a piece of UFC gold their own. Whittaker held the division’s interim title but it now is confirmed he is taking the strap for good.

Rob, who is also a Gracie Humaita Australia student and instructor at our Smeaton Grange branch will be facing Luke Rockhold on his first title defense. The fight is the main event on the UFC 221, to be held in Perth, on Feb, 11th.

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