Whittaker gets historic title defence
ROBERT Whittaker has declared himself ready to create history and win the UFC middleweight title on Australian soil in February 2018.
After months of speculation, Perth was announced on Tuesday as the venue for UFC 221 on February 11.
Ideally, Whittaker will headline the blockbuster card as he attempts to become the country's first ever UFC champion.
Already holding the interim middleweight belt, the Sydney father-of-two is slated to face the winner of this Sunday's world title fight in New York between champ Michael Bisping and returning megastar Georges St-Pierre.
Asked about the chance to create history in Australia, Whittaker said: "Anything can happen between now and February 11.
"But fighting on home soil is always a dream come true and I'd love to unify the title here in Australia."
The Daily Telegraph is travelling to the US with Whittaker this week, with UFC executives offering the rising middleweight front-row seats at Madison Square Garden.
While the Sydneysider isn't guaranteed to be the headline act in Perth, that scenario is certainly the preferred outcome for the fight company.
Next February's pay-per-view event will be held at Perth Arena, which holds around 20,000 fans.
Better, 26-year-old Whittaker has never lost a UFC fight at home.
Unbeaten in three years and his past eight fights, the Aussie has won in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne twice.