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Robert Whittaker injured, Romero in for interim title shot.

The UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has withdrawn from a scheduled title defence against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 next month due to an undisclosed injury.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the news in the early hours of this morning.

In what will be a blow to both Whittaker and the UFC, Whittaker was headlining in his adopted country of Australia in his first title defence since being moved up from interim to full champ.

His opponent Luke Rockhold (16-3) will now face Yoel Romero (12-2) for an interim 185-pound championship. UFC officials told ESPN that Whittaker will face the winner in a unification bout.

“I’m beyond disappointed that I’m unable to defend the title in my home country of Australia,” Whittaker stated to ESPN. “I hope the fans enjoy what should be a great night of fights at UFC 221, and I look forward to a recovery as soon as possible that will have me back in the Octagon to face the winner of the main event.”

This could prove to a problem for the UFC ticket sales for this event as most fans would have been going to see the first ever Australian based UFC champion. According to ESPN fans will be able to receive a full ticket refund.



  • Bongani Makosiyane
    13/01/2018 at 7:55 pm

    So its luke vs i yavo you mike guy

  • Bongani Makosiyane
    13/01/2018 at 7:54 pm


  • Erik Campbell
    13/01/2018 at 5:17 pm

    I’m so fucking over all these paper belts the UFC has.

  • Stephen Davidson
    13/01/2018 at 4:55 pm

    Handing interim titles out all over the place these days!

  • Antony Roose
    13/01/2018 at 2:04 pm

    Nick gutted.
    Not bothered watching Roid lad vs zoolander.

    • Nick Fenwick
      13/01/2018 at 2:07 pm

      No not a good card at all now

  • Robert Walters
    13/01/2018 at 1:24 pm

    Spewing bahaha glad I didn’t get ripped off on tickets now

  • Scott Ferguson
    13/01/2018 at 1:07 pm

    Christopher Corbett

  • Hektor Badis
    13/01/2018 at 12:50 pm

    Interim while the undisputed title is vacant?

  • Paddy Costelloe
    13/01/2018 at 12:03 pm

    Shaun Lee fuck sake

  • Liam Maher
    13/01/2018 at 10:22 am

    David Okeeffe 🤔🤔

  • Jefferson Keane
    13/01/2018 at 10:14 am

    Another fucking interim? Just make it a #1 contender fight. WME can fuck off.

    • Vinnie Maclean
      13/01/2018 at 10:36 am

      The lack of any structure to anything in The last 12 months is staggering. Between interim champs and pointless ranking systems on top of expecting the fighters to also be the actual promoters of fights you can’t help but feel there’s a real complacency with WME

  • Phil Lewis
    13/01/2018 at 9:48 am

    Gary Rattray 🤬