Robert Whittaker Injury Forces Him to Pull Out of UFC 275 Bout Against Vettori

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Robert Whittaker hits Darren Till, UFC Fight Island 3
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 26: (L-R) Robert Whittaker of New Zealand punches Darren Till of England in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It looks like the stacked UFC 275 fight card has lost a key middleweight bout.

The June PPV event, that glistens with the two title fights — Glover Teixeira vs. Jiří Procházka for the Light Heavyweight championship, and Valentina Shevchenko defending her flyweight title against Taila Santos — has lost a potential number one contender’s fight between Robert Whittaker and Marvin “The Italian Dream” Vettori.

Ex-champ Whittaker informed the social media world of the news on Wednesday, after Vettori dropped a hint earlier in the day. In a brief statement, he wrote that due to an undisclosed injury he sustained during his fight camp, he would have to bow out of UFC 275 in June.

The timing couldn’t be worse, with anticipation building for what was gearing up to be an exciting match against a tough opponent in Marvin Vettori.

Whittaker (23-6) was looking to bounce back and get back into the win column against Vettori, after coming up short in his rematch for the middleweight title against Israel Adesanya at UFC 271.

With Robert Whittaker out for the foreseeable future, it is uncertain if Marvin Vettori (18-5-1) will want to wait for The Reaper or search for another fight to continue his momentum of trying to get back into title contention. The Italian fighter last competed in October, winning a unanimous decision against an over-sized Paulo Costa, in a fight that was moved to light heavyweight when Costa entered fight week heavy.

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