UFC 213 will no longer feature a championship fight at 135, but it will include a bout for an interim, 185 belt.
Yes, the UFC has announced that Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker will throw down on July 8th, and that the winner will walk with an interim title. The news comes as it’s been confirmed that bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt will not fight TJ Dillashaw at UFC 213, due to a back injury.
It also comes not long removed from Dana White’s decision that Romero, and not Georges St-Pierre, would fight Michael Bisping next. Originally, the UFC wanted the middleweight champ Bisping to fight GSP in July, but after the latter said he couldn’t compete until November, White changed gears.
Since then, however, Bisping has relayed he won’t be ready to fight anytime soon, due to a knee injury. Thus, Romero – Whittaker is a go.
Romero (12-1) has done nothing but win since he arrived in the UFC back in 2013, as the decorated wrestler has won eight in a row. Most recently, in December, he took out former champ Chris Weidman.
Whittaker (18-4) has moved into title content thanks to a seven fight, winning streak. In April, he finished fellow contender, “Jacare” Souza in round two.
So, now it will be interesting to see if the UFC still goes with Bisping – GSP later this year. Bisping has repeatedly said he still wants that fight to happen, but will fans be on board? If
UFC 213 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.