Former welterweight champion Robert Whittaker (24-6) has introduced that he’ll now not be competing at UFC 275.
Whittaker revealed on Thursday his June 12 bout with Italian Martin Vettori has been cancelled resulting from an harm in coaching.
“Sorry to say guys resulting from an harm I took early within the camp I’m not going to have the ability to compete in June,” Whittaker wrote.
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“I did all the pieces I might to get it proper however its simply not therapeutic in time.”
Nevertheless, the harm might not preserve him out of the Octagon for lengthy, with the 31-year-old indicating a possible return this yr.
“All this implies is that I’ll be competing a pair months later,” the Sydneysider stated.
“After I get in that octagon subsequent I’ll be higher than ever.”
The 28-year-old Vettori was fast to name out two new opponents at a decrease weight – Darren Until and Khamzat Chimaev – after the Whittaker information broke.
“We’re again at this,” Vettori wrote on Twitter
“I believe I’m the one 185er (middleweight) that may say that has by no means pulled out of a battle however anyway smash boys I’ll get you again to again let’s do it I’m prepared to die simply present up”.
In the meantime, the harm is a blow for Whittaker.
The Australian has been trying to return to the successful column after being defeated for a second time in February by New Zealand’s dominant UFC champion Israel Adesanya.
The Aussie is in search of a 3rd battle with the Kiwi, and a win over Vettori might doubtlessly have put him in that place.
Whittaker’s losses to Adesanya in February this yr and October 2019 are the one two defeats he has sustained within the final eight years of his skilled MMA profession.
His final defeat to an opponent not named Adesanya was a TKO loss to Stephen Thomson at UFC 170 in February 2014.