Robert Whittaker ’s first title defense as undisputed UFC middleweight champion is on hold. Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) has withdrawn from his UFC 221 title defense against Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) because of an undisclosed injury. Yoel Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) will replace Whittaker and face Rockhold for the interim title. The news was first reported early Saturday morning by ESPN , which cited UFC officials. Whittaker also remarked on the unfortunate news.

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Robert Whittaker out of UFC 221; Yoel Romero to fight Luke Rockhold for interim belt – MMA Junkie

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