Marquee man Robert Whittaker pulls out of UFC's WA debut event

Marquee man Robert Whittaker pulls out of UFC's WA debut event

Marquee man Robert Whittaker pulls out of UFC's WA debut event

An injury has shaken up the UFC 221 card next month, as Robert Whittaker is out, and Yoel Romero in.

. UFC officials told ESPN that Whittaker will face the victor in a unification bout. In his place, Yoel Romero will step in to face Luke Rockhold.

ESPN's Brett Okamoto first reported the news.

The nature and extent of his injuries is unclear, but the show will go on.

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"I've been ruled medically unable to compete and wont be able to defend on home soil". "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 victor of the main event".

St-Pierre's move allowed Whittaker to exchange his interim title for the undisputed crown, and news of the fight with Rockhold signaled a return to business for a division that had been slowed by chaos for the past year. He will now face the victor of Romero vs. Rockhold in a title unification bout sometime later this year.

Romero, meanwhile, had been scheduled to face David Branch at UFC Orlando (UFC on FOX 28) on February 24.

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Rockhold (16-3), meanwhile, a former middleweight champion in both the UFC and Strikeforce, is coming off a win over Branch at UFC Fight Night 116. Prior to losing to Whittaker at UFC 213, Romero (12-2) had won all eight of his UFC appearances.

Fans will be able to request full refunds of purchased tickets for UFC 221, scheduled for February 11 at Perth Arena. He won the 185-pound championship in December 2015, but surrendered it to Michael Bisping in his first attempted defense.

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