With UFC Middleweight Robert Whittaker capping off a successful July on Fight Island with a Unanimous Decision victory over Darren Till in Saturday nights Main Event, The Reaper has once again proven his point why he belongs at the top of the UFCs Middleweight division. As soon as Whittaker stepped out of the octagon, names were already being thrown around as to who Whittaker should face in his next outing, names such as Number 6 ranked UFC Middleweight, Jack Hermansson and Number 3 ranked UFC Middleweight, Jared Cannonier.
Out of the two top UFC Middleweights that are being discussed as future opponents for Whittaker, it would lead most people to believe that Jack Hermansson makes more sense for Whittaker at this moment in time as Jared Cannonier is currently on a 3 Fight Win Streak since dropping down to 185 pounds with TKO victories over David Branch, Jack Hermansson and Anderson Silva which puts Cannonier on the shortlist of contenders for the next title shot after Current UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Number 2 ranked Middleweight, Paulo Costa settle their bad blood at their scheduled bout on September 19th at UFC 253.
Hermansson and Whittaker have both also recently getting back into the win column after both receiving TKO loses. Robert Whittaker was TKOd in the Round 2 to lose his UFC Middleweight title to current UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya last October at UFC 243 and Jack Hermansson was TKOd by Jared Cannonier in Round 2 last September but has recently bounced back with a first round submission victory over Kelvin Gastelum via Heel Hook the week before Whittaker vs Till took place leading to Hermansson calling for a shot at the winner of Whittaker vs Till. This sets up the bout nicely as both Middleweight contenders came out of their respected bouts with no significant injuries and with Hermansson already had a sight set on the winner mixed with Whittaker being willing to face anyone the UFC offers him, it would be easy to say that on paper this Middleweight match up has the potential to be a great fight. The winner of Whittaker vs Hermansson will also be capable of continuing their argument for a future title shot and with some key Middleweight matchups that have been scheduled for August including the likes of Number 8 ranked Middleweight Derek Brunson vs Number 9 ranked Middleweight Edmen Shahbazyan headlining on August 2nd and Yoel Romero vs Uriah Hall being scheduled for August 22nd, it will make winners of these matchups eligible to line up around the same time as each other in their following bouts if no significant injuries play out which will lead to an eventual stand out contender to challenge for the UFCs Middleweight title.