ESPN was the first to report the new date for the bout. The event is set to be headlined by Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker and is scheduled to take place in the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
Barring the unexpected, this match will be widely viewed as a #1-contender bout to determine who faces the winner of Adesanya/Whittaker 2, with one of the two men potentially acting as a replacement option for the main event.
Both Brunson and Cannonier have compelling arguments for a title shot. In Brunson’s case, he is currently riding an impressive five-fight winning streak, including most recently finishing former UFC title challenger Darren Till in September. For Cannonier, he was victorious in a bout in August in defeating Kelvin Gastelum, thus making it four wins out of his last five fights.
With this adjustment, here is the updated lineup for UFC 271:
UFC Middleweight Championship Bout: Israel Adesanya(c) vs. Robert Whittaker
Jared Cannonier vs. Derek Brunson
Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell
Alexander Hernandez vs. Renato Moicano
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Casey O’Neill
Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Sergey Morozov
Mark Madsen vs. Vinc Pichel
Fabio Cherant vs. Carlos Ulberg
Orion Cosce vs. Mike Mathetha
Maxim Grishin vs. Ed Herman
Ronnie Lawrence vs. Mana Martinez
AJ Dobson vs. Jacob Malkoun
Who do you think will emerge victorious in this middleweight title eliminator between Derek Brunson and Jared Cannonier?