Stephen Thompson vs Robert Whittaker set for UFC 170 in February
Karate black belts Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and
Robert Whittaker will meet in a welterweight fight at UFC 170 on
Feb. 22 in Las Vegas, sources with knowledge told Fox Sports.
The stylistic matchup should be an intriguing one. Thompson, a
kempo karate black belt, is one of the most creative strikers in
the UFC. Whittaker, who has one-punch knockout power, has black
belts in both karate and hapkido.
Both men are trying to carve out a path in the talented
170-pound division. Thompson (8-1) has won two in a row against
Nah-Shon Burrell and Chris Clements, the latter coming via
second-round KO at UFC 165 in September. Before that, he fell by
decision to Matt Brown, one of the top guys in the weight class
Whittaker (11-3) has not fought since a decision loss to Court
McGee at UFC Fight Night in August. The New Zealand native was the
winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes” last
December and also has a UFC victory over fellow “TUF”
alum Colton Smith.
UFC 170 is headlined by a light heavyweight top contender bout
between Daniel Cormier and Rashad Evans.