A pair of The Ultimate Fighter champions are set to square off this May as The Ultimate Fighter 16 champion Colton Smith will square off with The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes champion Robert Whittaker. The bout will likely find itself on the UFC 160 preliminary card.The UFC announced the pairing over the weekend via twitter.
Colton Smith defeated Mike Ricci at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale this past December. Smith had entertained the thought of a cut to lightweight prior to this bout’s announcement. His opponent, Robert Whittaker, won The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes welterweight title by defeating Brad Scott at UFC on FX 6.
UFC 160 takes place May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight card will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between champion Cain Velasquez and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. A bout between Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos will co-headline the Memorial Day weekend card.
- UFC Heavyweight Title Fight: Cain Velasquez (c) vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
- Alistair Overeem vs. Junior dos Santos
- Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader
- Donald Cerrone vs. K.J. Noons
- Gray Maynard vs. T.J. Grant
- Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Abel Trujillo
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Estevan Payan
- Gunnar Nelson vs. Mike Pyle
- Colton Smith vs. Robert Whittaker