Australian cities line up to host Robert Whittaker against Michael Bisping

ROBERT Whittaker could fight for the UFC middleweight title in front of more than 50,000 screaming Australians — the same scenario that saw Brisbane boxer Jeff Horn upset megastar Manny Pacquiao.

Speaking in Las Vegas overnight, UFC officials revealed they are considering a range of options for what now shapes as an Ashes blockbuster between Whittaker, the new interim titleholder, and regular champ, outspoken Englishmen Michael Bisping.

Apart from a hyped Australian showdown in the first quarter of 2018, other options include New York’s famed Madison Square Garden in November or a December blockbuster back here in the fight capital of the world.

CHAMP: One-legged Whittaker limps to victory

Robert Whittaker dominants Cuban Yoel Romero to claim the middleweight title. PIC- SAM RUTTYN
Robert Whittaker dominants Cuban Yoel Romero to claim the middleweight title. PIC- SAM RUTTYNSource: News Corp Australia

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