Multiple sources speaking to MMA Fighting confirmed the plans for Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2, although negotiations are still ongoing so no contracts have been issued or signed at this time. The fighters have verbally agreed to the date but until contracts are signed, nothing is official.
For Adesanya, the rematch brings him full circle to the fight that made him the undisputed UFC middleweight champion after he dismantled Whittaker inside two rounds in their first meeting back at UFC 243 in October 2019.
Since then, Adesanya has defended the 185-pound title three times with wins over Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori. His only loss during that stretch came by decision to now-former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz after Adesanya moved up a division to attempt to win a second title.
Meanwhile, Whittaker will attempt to exorcise the demons from his first fight with Adesanya, which serves as the only loss on his resume since moving to the middleweight division in 2014.
A location for UFC 271 is still to be determined with more fights expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Mike Heck contributed to this report.