Robert Whittaker to fight Jared Cannonier at UFC 254 on October 24 after Fight Island win over Darren Till

FORMER UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is wasting little time heading back into the Octagon after agreeing to scrap Jared Cannonier.

The 29-year-old impressively beat Darren Till at UFC's Fight Island 3 last weekend to bounce back from his loss to Israel Adesanya.

And he has already plotted his next bout with a fight against American Cannonier to take place on October 24 at UFC 254.

That is according to ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto who said: "Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier, UFC 254 on Oct. 24. Per UFC president Dana White.

"Gotta believe that will determine the next No. 1 contender."

It will be the first step for Whittaker in his quest to win back the middleweight belt.

He was forced to surrender his title following his crushing October knockout defeat to Adesanya.

But a win over Cannonier is likely to set up another title fight against the winner of Adesanya or Paulo Costa who square off at UFC 253.

Whittaker, 29, will head into the bout with 21 wins from 26 fights while Cannonier has 13 wins from 17.

The pair were due to fight at UFC 248 in March but it was called off with Whittaker citing personal reasons.

Whittaker later revealed in an interview that he was forced to pull out because he was suffering from burnout.

He said at the time: "There are a few other things going on in my life that I need to give priority to and sort out, so I have had to change my plans.

"But I'll be back soon, bigger and better than ever! Sorry Jared … I'll see you down the track."

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