UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has been forced to withdraw from UFC 221 in Perth after he was ruled medically unable to compete.
Whittaker is suffering from several injuries; which he sustained recently.
The New Zealand-born fighter was scheduled to fight American Luke Rockhold, but instead has been replaced by the number one contender, Yoel Romero.
It will be the first time the UFC has staged an event in Western Australia, and Whittaker admits he is devastated not to be fighting on the card.
“I’m beyond disappointed that I’m unable to defend the title in my home country of Australia." he said.
"I hope the fans enjoy what should be a great night of fights at UFC 221 and I look forward to a recovery as soon as possible that will have me back in the Octagon to face the winner of the main event.”