Sport Robert Whittaker injured; Romero - Rockhold set for interim title at UFC 221

12:37  13 january  2018
12:37  13 january  2018 Source:   Read Sport

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✕ Breaking News Robert Whittaker injured , Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold headlines UFC 221 . An interim title has been created following an injury to UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker .

“If (Bisping) can’t fight this summer, we’ll probably create an interim title between Romero and Robert Whittaker .” Georges St-Pierre vacates; Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold title fight set for UFC 221 .

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In a massive blow to UFC 221, Robert Whittaker has withdrawn from his first title defence on home soil due to an undisclosed injury.

As first reported by ESPN, Luke Rockhold will remain on the February 10th card but will now face fellow top contender Yoel Romero for an interim middleweight title.

“I’m beyond disappointed that I’m unable to defend the title in my home country of Australia,” Whittaker said. “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 winner of the main event.”

With Romero now set to contest for the interim title, his scheduled bout against David Branch on February 24th leaves Branch without an opponent and his position on the UFC on Fox 28 card unknown.

Prior to Whittaker being promoted to the undisputed UFC middleweight champion, Whittaker successfully claimed an interim title in July of last year by successfully claiming a unanimous decision victory over Yoel Romero.

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HELSINKI — A man in Stockholm picked up an unknown object from the ground that detonated in his hand Sunday, accidently killing himself and injuring his female companion near a subway station, Swedish police said.The blast took place about 11 a.m. just outside the Varby Gard subway station in Huddinge — a residential district in greater Stockholm, said regional police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson. © Getty Images Police officers take security measures after an explosion at a metro station at Varby Gard neighborhood of Stockholm's Huddinge district, Sweden on January 7, 2018.

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