Robert Whittaker Out, Luke Rockhold Vs Yoel Romero For Interim Middleweight Title At UFC 221

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UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker is out of his fight against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221. Whittaker broke his silence only hours ago, saying he was “ruled medically unable to compete.”

I would like to apologize to all my supporters and fans of MMA for not being able to put on the show you deserve. I’ve been ruled medically unable to compete and wont be able to defend on home soil. This card meant so much to me and I’m devastated for not being able to fight. All I can do is focus on getting healthy to come back better than ever. All the best to Yoel and Luke for their fight and ill be waiting…

All is not lost, though, for former Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold. Instead, Rockhold will be taking on the man Whittaker beat to win his title, Yoel Romero. The match will be for the interim title, and will no doubt follow up with a unification match as soon as Whittaker has healed.

UFC 221 is set to go down Saturday, February 10, from the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.

You can read Robert Whittaker’s statement below:

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