The UFC middleweight title is back in turmoil, as reigning champion Robert Whittaker has been deemed medically unfit to compete. Here is a look at the updated fight card for UFC 221, in the wake of Whittaker’s removal.
Robert Whittaker was initially set to make his first title defense at UFC 221 in an octagon war against former champion Luke Rockhold. Whittaker has since been removed from the card due to an undisclosed injury.
As a result, tough division contender Yoel Romero is now set to face off against Luke Rockhold for the interim middleweight title in the night’s main event. UFC 221 goes down Feb. 10 inside the Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. The event will be featured live on pay-per-view.
For a look at the full line up for UFC 221, check out the list below:
UFC 221 Main Card (PPV; 10 pm ET):
Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold
Curtis Blaydes vs. Mark Hunt
Tai Tuivasa vs. Cyril Asker
Jake Matthews vs. Li Jingliang
Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov
UFC 221 Preliminary Card (FS1; 8 pm ET):
Damien Brown vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Rob Wilkinson vs. Israel Adesanya
Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alex Volkanovski
Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen
UFC 221 Fight Pass Prelims (UFC Fight Pass; 6:45 pm ET):
Mizuto Hirota vs. Ross Pearson
Teruto Ishihara vs. José Alberto Quiñónez
Luke Jumeau vs. Daichi Abe