New Zealand-born, Australian-trained UFC fighter Robert Whittaker has announced via Instagram he will take on Brazilian star Rafael Natal at UFC 197.

The fight is set to be the biggest challenge yet for Whittaker, who has overcome increasingly difficult competition over his last three fights, taking out each one despite being a rank outsider for every fight. 

Whittaker’s place on the UFC 197 card is also another step up geographically; after taking out his clash with Uriah Hall in Melbourne, Whittaker will go head to head with Natal under the bright lights of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. 

UFC 197 is scheduled for April 23, 2016 (US PST). 

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