ESPN was first to report the pairing. UFC 254 takes place on
Oct. 24 and is headlined by a lightweight title bout between
Nurmagomedov and Justin
Gaethje. A location for the pay-per-view event has not been
Whittaker returned to the win column at UFC on ESPN 14, where he
took a competitive five-round verdict over Darren Till.
It was Whittaker’s first appearance since losing the 185-pound belt
Adesanya at UFC 243 this past October.
Cannonier, meanwhile, will return to action for the first time
since undergoing pectoral surgery in February. The former
heavyweight and light heavyweight competitor has emerged as a
contender at 185 pounds after successive TKO finishes of David
Silva and Jack
Hermansson in the Las Vegas-based promotion.