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Could this top ranked fighter replace Costa? “Hell yeah, I’ve never been to Australia!”



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Top ranked middleweights Jared Cannonier and Paulo Costa. Photo via USA Today Sports

The highly anticipated middleweight bout between top ranked Paulo Costa and Robert Whittaker was recently canceled due to failed negotiations between the UFC and Costa. the card.

According to Whittaker, that means he’s completely off the UFC 284 card that takes place in Australia.

“They’re looking to reschedule me in March, April and this is very upsetting,” Whittaker recently said in a video posted on Twitter.

However, one man who’s up for saving the day is No. 3 ranked Jared Cannonier who comes fresh off a win against Sean Strickland this past weekend.

“Hell yeah, I’ve never been to Australia before,” Cannonier recently said at The MMA Hour. “I’d love to go there and fight Robert again, and hopefully get the job done this time.”

Read more: Paulo Costa claims UFC “offer very low numbers” for Brazilian fighters

Jared Cannonier: “Maybe it was Robert’s decision”

“The Killa Gorilla” admits he’s a bit confused that the promotion hasn’t reached out to him about stepping in as a replacement fighter.

“Maybe Robert wants to take time. I mean, maybe it was Robert’s decision. Maybe he wants to take more time off then since he’s not getting this, he wants to have more of the holidays, really go crazy for the holidays,” Cannonier speculated.

The two top dogs Jared Cannonier and Robert Whittaker clashed in October 2022 in the co-main event at UFC 254. After three rounds, “Bobby Knuckles” stood as the winner via unanimous decision, with 29–28 on all three judges’ scorecards.

Read more: UFC 284 loses ANOTHER big fight: Top ranked fighters removed from the card

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