Whittaker withdraws from UFC 221, Romero in

An undisclosed injury has forced middleweight champion Robert Whittaker out of his UFC 221 bout against Luke Rockhold next month. Yoel Romero will replace Whittaker in the fight.

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has withdrawn from a scheduled title defense against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 next month due to an undisclosed injury.Rockhold (16-3) will now face Yoel Romero (12-2) for an interim 185-pound championship. UFC officials told ESPN that Whittaker will face the winner in a unification bout."I'm beyond disappointed that I'm unable to defend the title in my home country of Australia," Whittaker stated. "I hope the fans enjoy what should be a great night o...