It’s now official – the highly anticipated bantamweight title fight between Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw has now been scrapped from the July 8th UFC 213 event that was to hold in Las Vegas.
The show will now have an interim middleweight belt up for grabs.
Garbrandt, the 135-lb champion is currently suffering from a back injury. However, despite recent stem cell treatment carried out on him in Germany, there would just not be enough time for him to get into fighting shape for his first title defense which would be coming up in a little over a month’s time.
In place of the now scrapped event, a new fight has been announced. Current No.1 contender Yoel Romero will now face off No.3 ranked Robert Whittaker in the new 185lb interim title fight.
For Romero, he had been briefly tagged in a fight with Michael Bisping, the current middleweight champion. However, the UFC decided to bring the interim belt into play after Bisping revealed that he would not be able to participate due to a knee injury which he was suffering.
Romero has amassed an eight-fight winning streak in the division over big stars like Chris Weidman, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, Lyoto Machida and Tim Kennedy. Thus he certainly deserves a chance to fight for the strap.
In the division, Whittaker is ranked third and remains unbeaten. He has won seven straight fights in a row and his recent fight last month had him take out ‘Jacare’ via a head kick and punches.
His previous victories were over the likes of Uriah Hall and Derek Brunson. Their bout will serves as co-main event for the July 8 fight card. To headline the event is a woman’s bantamweight title encounter between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko.