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 .

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In a massive blow to UFC 221, Robert Whittaker has withdrawn from his first title defence on home soil due to an undisclosed injury.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

West Ham fail in attempt to recall Robert Snodgrass .
West Ham’s hope of recalling Robert Snodgrass from his loan spell at Aston Villa has been blocked, according to a report from Sky Sports. The Championship side who are currently sitting in the play-off places have said that they will not allow any player to leave the club as they push for promotion. The deal which was made at first did not include a recall clause which is what is causing the Hammers problems in their efforts to bring him back to the London Stadium. The Scotland international was deemed surplus to requirements by the club in the summer and was sent out on loan in order to regain some confidence and match sharpness. New West Ham manager David Moyes is keen to have another option in the final third as he bids to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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