Robert Whittaker becomes the first Australian and first New Zealand born fighter to win a UFC title.
An eleven-fight bill at UFC 213 was held on Saturday July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event took place during the annual UFC Fight Week.
The UFC women’s bantamweight title fight between the champion Amanda Nunes and the challenger Valentina Shevchenko was expected to headline the event. The bout was cancelled due to defending champion being hospitalized for an undisclosed illness both Friday and Saturday morning; where she was cleared to fight by a doctor.
“She was medically cleared to fight, was checked and everything was fine,” UFC President Dana White told ESPN. “But she said she didn’t feel right.”
As a result, the UFC middleweight interim title fight between Yoel Romero (12-1) and Robert Whittaker (18-4) went ahead as the main event. After five rounds of action Whittaker earned a unanimous decision. Furthermore he became the first Australian and first New Zealand born fighter to hold a UFC title. Whittaker will be facing off the current champion in the division Michael Bisping in the championship unification bout at a later date.
In addition it was announced that UFC returns to Australia. The event is scheduled for November 19 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.
Complete UFC 213 results can be found below.
Main card on Pay-Per-View
Robert Whittaker def. Yoel Romero via unanimous decision (48-47 x3)
Alistair Overeem def. Fabricio Werdum via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Curtis Blaydes def. Daniel Omielanczuk via unanimous decision (30-27 x3) (live blog)
Anthony Pettis def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision (30-27 x3) (live blog)
Rob Font def. Douglas Silva de Andrade via sub (guillotine) (R2, 4:36) (live blog)
Preliminary Card Fox Sports 1
Oleksiy Oliynyk def. Travis Browne via submission (RNC) (R2, 3:44)
Chad Laprise def. Brian Camozzi via third-round TKO (1:27)
Thiago Santos def. Gerald Meerschaert via second-round TKO (2:04)
Belal Muhammad def. Jordan Mein via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Early Prelims on UFC Fight Pass
Cody Stamann def. Terrion Ware via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Trevin Giles def. James Bochnovic via second-round TKO (2:54)