Current middleweight champ Robert Whittaker is being ruled unable to compete by physicians, he was scheduled to defend his title against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221, instead Yoel Romero will take that fight. Yoel (12-2) VS Luke (16-3) will be for the interim championship, with the winner fighting Robert Whittaker . Robert had this to say about the situation.
“I’m beyond disappointed that I’m unable to defend the title in my home country of Australia,” Whittaker stated. “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.”