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Yoel Romero-Robert Whittaker in; Cody Garbrandt-T.J. Dillashaw out at UFC 213

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Yoel Romero will fight for the UFC middleweight interim belt against Robert Whittaker.
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There will be a men’s title fight at UFC 213. Just not the one originally planned.

Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker will meet for the interim middleweight title in Las Vegas on July 8.

Additionally, the originally planned bantamweight title fight between champion Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw is officially off due to a back injury suffered by Garbrandt. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed a Tuesday report on both items by ESPN.

The Romero-Whittaker interim title fight is due to a knee injury suffered by champion Michael Bisping. It will be the evening’s co-main event, with the women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Amanda Nunes and challenger Valentina Shevchenko as the evening’s headliner.

Romero (12-1) has won eight consecutive fights, with three of his past four wins coming via knockout. His most recent win was a brutal flying knee knockout of former champion Chris Weidman at UFC 205.

Whittaker carries an 18-4 record with 14 finishes into the bout. The Sydney, Australia resident has won seven in a row, with his last victory a divisional paradigm-shifting finish of Ronaldo Souza at UFC on FOX 24.

According to ESPN, the UFC is hoping to put Dillashaw into an August bout with UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson.

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