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.
Sorry to say guys due to an injury I took early in the camp I’m not able to compete in June. I did everything I could to get it right but its not healing in time. All this means is that I’ll be back in the octagon a couple months later and I’ll be better than ever 👊🏽 pic.twitter.com/Q0PEtjxDfs
— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) April 21, 2022
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.