Robert Whittaker Injured & Off UFC 221, Interim Champion To Be Crowned

Robert Whittaker out of UFC 221 Yoel Romero to fight Luke Rockhold for interim belt

The 27-year-old became the first Australian-based champion in UFC history, however will now be replaced by Yoel Romero who will take on Luke Rockhold for an interim 185-pound championship.

According to ESPN's Brett Okamoto, who broke the news of Whittaker's withdrawal and the subsequent reshake, Whittaker wanted to compete in spite of his injury woes but was declared medically unfit to do so. It was the former champ's first fight since losing his middleweight belt to Bisping at UFC 199 in June of 2016.

It's unclear what injury Whittaker is now dealing with, though he did suffer a knee ailment last summer in a fight for the interim title with Romero at UFC 213.

UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker is out of his fight against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221.

GM says ready to deploy driverless auto fleet next year
Pending government approval, GM intends to release its completely self-driving Cruise AV to the market in 2019 . Assuming the DOT approves GM's safety petition, we could all be driving alongside robots next year.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Beta Pre-Load Available on PS4, Xbox One
While early access players get first crack at it today, the client itself can be downloaded now on the PlayStation 4! Hit's signature attack is Time Skip, an ability that lets him jump forward in time by a tenth of a second.

Heavy rain, plunging temperatures may produce flooding, then ice
From about 6 PM to midnight, rain starts mixing with sleet and forming an icy glaze on surfaces from the St. Lawrence River Valley, to the Adirondacks and Adirondack Coast and into northwestern Vermont.

Finally, Friday's news confirms two additional points in we still can not have nice things in MMA, and the UFC's love for interim belts continues to roll strong.

"I'm beyond disappointed that I'm unable to defend the title in my home country of Australia", Whittaker said in a statement. Romero and Rockhold will compete in a five-round bout with a belt on the line as the promotion is introducing yet another interim title. St-Pierre opted to vacate the championship just 31 days later, citing health reasons. This card meant so much to me and I'm devastated for not being able to fight.

Romero (12-2) hasn't competed since his loss to Whittaker and had been preparing for a February 24 fight against David Branch. All I can do is focus on getting healthy to come back better than ever. As a result, Rockhold will instead face Yoel Romero for an interim title fight at the Perth Arena on February 10th. "All the best to Yoel and Luke for their fight and I'll be waiting..."

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tonya Harding: 'I knew something was up' prior to Nancy Kerrigan attack
Jan 14, 2018 - 00:45
Janney might want to take a look at US and Olympic figure skating records before she says too much more. Steve Slocum, AP Tonya Harding's coach Diane Rawlinson speaks to reporters outside her home.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Germany to US: Call out Iran but Keep Nuclear Deal
Jan 14, 2018 - 00:44
Deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi said world powers should be ready for a possible United States withdrawal from the deal. The agreement does not stop countries from imposing non-nuclear related sanctions on Iran.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Record-breaker Harry Kane hits double as Tottenham smash Everton
Jan 14, 2018 - 00:42
Tottenham are now fifth in the league table with 41 points from 22 matches, three points behind fourth-placed Liverpool . That changed in the 24th minute when Christian Eriksen started the play that led to a goal from Son Heung-Min.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Netanyahu visit expected to deepen bond with India's Modi
Jan 14, 2018 - 00:37
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also visited Israel in July, becoming the first Indian premier to set foot in the Jewish state. On Thursday, Netanyahu will have a power Breakfast with Indian CEOs and attend a business seminar.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 3 former Blackhawks named to Canada's Olympics hockey team
Jan 13, 2018 - 02:10
The team was announced by Hockey Canada Thursday morning in Calgary, and there will be some Saskatchewan content on the squad. Klinkhammer, now playing in the KHL, was held off the scoresheet in his only game with the Hawks during the 2010-11 season.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Run With It: Bortles' Legs, Stingy Defense Propel Jags over Bills
Jan 13, 2018 - 02:09
They didn't challenge the Bills deep at all, and it was evident as Dede Westbrook was the only true receiver to catch a pass. Taylor then lost 2 on a run and threw a pair of incompletions. "He is a hell of a player, but we didn't run it".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Seoul to announce measures on 'defective' sex slavery deal
Jan 13, 2018 - 01:49
Moon's remark came a day after the Foreign Ministry said the issue remains unresolved, but it would not seek to renegotiate the deal.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Quirks of GMT: flight takes off in 2018, lands in 2017
Jan 13, 2018 - 01:44
Then, the eight-hour flight landed at its destination of Honolulu, Hawaii at 10:16 a.m. local time on December 31, 2017 . There was a delay of ten minutes which led to the flight taking off five minutes after the new year had started.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Prince Harry, Meghan Markle bundled up for visit to a radio station
Jan 13, 2018 - 01:42
In Touch Weekly is reporting that Grant blames the distance on Markle's mother - and her former stepmother - Doria Ragland. The tweet was thought to be in reaction to a comment by Harry that his fiancée was gaining a family she "never had".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hollywood uproad over Mark Wahlberg-Michelle Williams pay gap
Jan 12, 2018 - 06:17
Wahlberg and Williams are both represented by the same agency, William Morris Endeavor, which has not commented on the report. The director Judd Apatow wrote, "This is so messed up that it is nearly hard to believe". "This is how this business works".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Announced For The Nintendo Switch
Jan 12, 2018 - 06:16
This one includes split Joycon play, but it also comes with a whole new character that seems to be an easy mode in and of himself. Remastered to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze , here's what you'll be able to play on your Nintendo Switch soon.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dark Souls Remastered Will Be Announced Today
Jan 12, 2018 - 06:15
Now, Bandai Namco and From Software have revealed the original game is being remastered-set to land on PC later this year. Dark Souls Remastered is real, and it's not just coming to Nintendo Switch , but to all other platforms as well.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Devolved gov't in Belfast my top priority, says new NI secretary
Jan 12, 2018 - 06:10
After Monday's disciplinary meeting in Belfast , Mrs O'Neill said sorry to the Kingsmill families. Mrs Bradley also said her family was looking forward to getting to know this "amazing country".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Prioritize Personal Relationships
Jan 12, 2018 - 06:10
The news feed, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, will show less "passive content" that invites users only to sit back and watch or read. People who want to see more posts from pages they follow can choose "See First in News Feed Preferences", Mosseri said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NYC Pension System to Divest $5 Billion from Fossil Fuels
Jan 12, 2018 - 03:36
NY has announced unprecedented plans to divest the city's pension funds from fossil fuels within the next five years. Hurricane Sandy degraded to a post-tropical storm before hitting the eastern seaboard.