Robert Whittaker injured, Yoel Romero steps in to fight Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 for interim title

We are just two weeks into the new year and the UFC injury bug has already revealed its ugly head.

Due to an undisclosed injury, UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has been forced out of his first title defense opposite Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 on Feb. 11 from Perth, Australia. The news was originally reported by ESPN and later confirmed by UFC’s Australia/New Zealand Twitter account.

“I’m beyond disappointed that I’m unable to defend the title in my home country of

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