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Robert Whittaker releases statement on title withdrawal

Reigning UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (19-4) has been forced to withdraw from his first title defence, at UFC 221 in February. The pull out comes after the champ suffered an undisclosed injury in training.

As a result, an interim title bout will now take place between Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero as the main event of UFC 221, at the Perth Arena, in Perth Australia.

A disappointed Whittaker has now released a statement regarding the withdrawal Via social media. The full statement can be read below.

With Whittaker forced out of the headlining bout in his home country, the former champion Rockhold will now face Yoel Romero on less than a months notice. Rockhold last took to the octagon in September 2017 in his second round stoppage of David Branch.

Lewis Smith

Welsh MMA writer with a passion for sport. Follow me on twitter @lew1s2


  • Patrick Yancy
    16/01/2018 at 12:24 am

    It didn’t say what medically is withdrawing him?

  • Cristy Keyvan
    15/01/2018 at 1:28 am

    Wishing you a faster recovery.
    Can’t wait to see you fight champion.