Middleweight title contender Yoel Romero will take on Robert Whittaker for the UFC Interim Middleweight title in the co-main event at UFC 213 this July.
The news was first broken by Brett Okamoto.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 23, 2017
The current Champion Michael Bisping was due to take on returning former UFC Welterweight Champion GSP but the fight has been pulled due to GSP being unable to fight till the fall. This prompted UFC president Dana White to pull that fight in favour of a match up with Bisping and the number one contender Yoel Romero. Bisping however is still suffering from injury which puts that fight out of the question. Now the decision has been made to let both top middleweight contenders Romero and Whittaker fight for the interim title.
Yoel Romero (13-1) is currently undefeated in the UFC winning all eight of his bouts. He made a big impression in his last outing when he knocked out the former champion Chris Weidman by flying knee at UFC 205 earning him a shot at the title. Since then Romero has expressed his disappointment as GSP jumped ahead to fight Bisping for the title. But now he will now get the opportunity to get closer to UFC gold when he fights for the interim title this international fight week.
Robert Whittaker (18-4) is currently ranked No. 3 in the Middleweight division. He is coming off a second round TKO finish over Jacare Souza this past April adding to two straight TKO finishes in a row. The Australian is riding a seven fight win streak four of which come via KO or TKO.
The pair will co-headline UFC 213 and with TJ Dillashaw vs Cody Garbrandt now off the card, Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko will now headline.
UFC 213 goes down July 8 at the TMobile Arena in Las Vegas.