At UFC 284, the former UFC middleweight champion will face Brazil's Paulo Costa.

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Which is set to conclude on February 11 at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. The three-round fight will be the co-main event.

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Whitaker (24-6 MMA, 15-4 UFC) is coming off a big unanimous decision victory over Marvin Vettori last month at UFC Fight Night 209 in Paris.

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It was their first fight since a close loss to champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 271 in February.

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Whitaker is 13-2 in his previous 15 fights, with two losses coming in title clashes versus Adesanya.

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Costa (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) most recently faced Luke Rockhold in August at UFC 278.

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He ended a two-fight losing streak by knocking out Luke Rockhold in the Fight of the Night.

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This was his first loss in his professional career. The losing couple were Adesanya and Vettori.

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The middleweight contest is the first to be officially announced for the event, which is still subject to WA Combat Sports Commission approval.

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