Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker will meet for the interim middleweight title in Las Vegas on July 8. Cody Garbrandt-T.J. Dillashaw out at UFC 213. |
Additionally, the originally planned bantamweight title fight between champion Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw is officially off due to a back injury suffered by Garbrandt. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed a Tuesday report on both items by ESPN.
The Romero-Whittaker interim title fight is due to a knee injury suffered by champion Michael Bisping. It will be the evening’s co-main event, with the women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Amanda Nunes and challenger Valentina Shevchenko as the evening’s headliner.
Romero (12-1) has won eight consecutive fights, with three of his past four wins coming via knockout. His most recent win was a brutal flying knee knockout of former champion Chris Weidman at UFC 205.
Whittaker carries an 18-4 record with 14 finishes into the bout. The Sydney, Australia resident has won seven in a row, with his last victory a divisional paradigm-shifting finish of Ronaldo Souza at UFC on FOX 24.
According to ESPN, the UFC is hoping to put Dillashaw into an August bout with UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson.
November 26, 2016 Robert 'The Reaper' Whittaker puts on a phenomenal performance,
as he knocks out Derek Brunson in spectacular fashion.
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With Cody "No Love" Garbrandt x Tj Dillashaw off of #UFC213 due to injury, the UFC is looking into the possibility of booking TJ against Flyweight King "Mighty Mouse" Johnson in August!
Ohhhhhh man, as much as I wanted to see TJ vs. Cody, TJ vs DJ might even be a better fight!