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UFC 213 Just Added A Potentially Brilliant Interim-Title Fight To Replace Garbrandt/Dillashaw

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The highly dangerous middleweight contender Yoel Romero will officially attempt to win UFC gold at UFC 213 when he takes on the rising prospect, Robert Whittaker for the interim title.

It’s official! The former-Olympian Yoel Romero will attempt to win the UFC interim middleweight title by defeating the Aussie sensation Robert Whittaker at UFC 213.

With the bantamweight championship fight between the strap-holder Cody Garbrandt and the former champ TJ Dillashaw now completely off of the cards, the UFC have acted and put together a contest between two of the most in-form middleweights on the planet right now in Romero and Whittaker.

Robert Whittaker is fresh off of his shock upset win over Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza last month and has looked nothing short of sensational ever since his move up from the welterweight division. At 185lb, he has gone a perfect 6-0 and after racking up four wins by stoppage and has evidently done enough to convince the UFC brass that he is indeed ready to make his push for championship honours.

Romero, of course, is unbeaten in the UFC and at last year’s UFC 205, made a late addition to the ‘Knockout of the Year’ discussion when he KO’d the former champion Chris Weidman with one of the most beautifully executed flying knees in the sport’s recent memory.

The UFC released a statement today which confirmed Romero/Whittaker as the co-main event at the Las Vegas card.

“UFC president Dana White on Tuesday announced big changes to the UFC 213 card on July 8 in Las Vegas. Amanda Nunes will defend her women’s bantamweight title against Valentina Shevchenko in the main event at T-Mobile Arena, while middleweights Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker will battle for the interim title in the co-main event.”

“The scheduled bantamweight title bout between Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw, both of whom have served as coaches in the current season of The Ultimate Fighter, has been removed from the card.”

UFC 213 will take place in the t-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Nevada on the 8th of July during the sport’s annual International Fight Week.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at cillian@punditarena.com.