Robbie Whittaker could be in line for a shot at the world middleweight title in Australia as a result of taking apart Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza in his latest fight, when he stopped the MMA legend in the second round.
UFC President Dana White dropped the bombshell when he said on Fox Sports Australia's UFC Fight Week that he would "love to be doing the middleweight world title back in Australia".
"How crazy you think that would be?"
Having won his past seven UFC fights, dating back to June 28, 2014, Whittaker sits at No. 3 in the middleweight rankings.
"The guy's an absolute stud," White told Fox Sports.
Whittaker called out middleweight champion Michael Bisping, during his in-ring post fight interview after beating Souza, saying the World No. 1 from England "owes me a fight".
"We were supposed to fight all those weeks ago and he's cool doing his own thing, but you owe me a fight," Whitaker said.
Now it seems that dream may now be closer than ever.
"That kid's got absolute destructional power in both of his hands," White told Fox Sports.
"When this guy starts punching, man, you're in big trouble. He looked great, and he's a super good guy. He has all the tools to be the first world champion out of Australia, in the UFC."
Whitaker told ESPN exclusively before his fight with Souza that the UFC middleweight title would "mean everything"
"It will mean the result of a long, hard journey."