UFC 197 Update: Robert Whittaker, Rafael Natal Booked for Middleweight Clash

By Sherdog.com Staff Feb 8, 2016

Middleweights Robert Whittaker and Rafael Natal are set to meet in April at UFC 197.

UFC officials on Monday confirmed the scheduled three-round matchup following a report from The Daily Telegraph.

Whittaker, 25, has reeled off four consecutive victories inside the Octagon, including a pair of knockouts against Brad Tavares and Clint Hester. The Australian prospect last saw action in November, when he rolled past Uriah Hall in a unanimous decision upset.

Natal, 33, will also enter the bout on a four-fight winning streak, including a split nod over Hall in May 2015. “Sapo” comes fresh off a Jan. 30 bout against Kevin Casey in which the Brazilian dominated and eventually punched out Kevin Casey in the third round.

Headlined by a light heavyweight title clash between current titleholder Daniel Cormier and former champ Jon Jones, UFC 197 takes place April 23 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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