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Whittaker vs Romero For Interim Title at UFC 213

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UFC president Dana White spoke recently with ESPN‘s Brett Okamoto, and announced that some big fights had been reshuffled. The Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw bantamweight title fight at UFC 213 on July 8 has been canceled due to Garbrandt’s back injury.

The plan is for Dillashaw to instead fight Demetrious Johnson in August.

“After his last round of treatment in Germany, they told him he’d need four weeks to rest,” said White. “That would have put him two weeks out from the fight. With Cody out, we’re going to make T.J. versus Mighty Mouse [Johnson]. That’s the plan.”

UFC 213 is headlined by champion Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko for the women bantamweight champion. The UFC 213 new co-headline will be Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker for the Interim middleweight championship.

Romero is on an eight-fight win streak, while Whittaker has won his last six straight.

White told Okamato that he came to the decision after speaking with middleweight champion Michael Bisping earlier today. Bisping is recovering from a knee injury. The league had intended for Bisping to defend his title vs. welterweight G.O.A.T. Georges St-Pierre, but GSP said he would not be ready until after October. It is believed that GSP will now fight for the welterweight title.

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Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.