Aussie UFC star Whittaker calls out champ
Aussie UFC star Whittaker calls out champ

Rising Australian star Rob Whittaker believes his seventh consecutive UFC victory has earned him a shot at the middleweight title after taking down veteran Ronaldo Souza.

Whittaker has set his sights on champion Michael Bisping after sending a jolt through the middleweight division by stopping third-ranked Souza with a second-round onslaught in Kansas City.

The 26-year-old said Briton Bisping owes him a fight after pulling out of a bout in November 2015.

"Right now, he's doing his own thing and that's cool. But he owes me," Whittaker told News Corp Australia.

"I want a shot at that middleweight title and I think I deserve it.

"This win, it's a real eye-opener for not only the middleweight division but maybe a few other people on the MMA scene as well.

"I like being the underdog. I enjoy it. But I knew eventually people would realise I'm legitimate."

On the undercard to a flyweight world title bout won by Demetrious Johnson over Wilson Reis, underdog Whittaker stunned Souza with a right hand 30 seconds into the second round on Saturday (Sunday AEST).

Whittaker wants a shot at UFC middleweight champ Bisping. Pic: Getty

A right high kick moments later before a barrage of punches with about 90 seconds left forced the stoppage, improving Whittaker to a 19-4 record.

The near-flawless technical knockout earned him a $50,000 bonus for the performance of the night award.

World No.6 contender Whittaker may have to wait to face Bisping, who is slated to fight three-time former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at an unknown date.

Whittaker scored a shock win over Souza. Pic: Getty

Second-ranked Yoel Romero looms as a likely interim option, while former champion Luke Rockhold, impressed with Whittaker's win over Souza, is reportedly keen to fight.

"That's a discussion I'll have with my corners and stuff, but I'm on my title run," Whittaker said at the post-match press conference.

"I'm on my run and I want that belt. Bisping owes me a fight, but if he's tied up, or if he loses it, or whatever, I want that belt.

"Wherever it goes, I want it."

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