Garbrandt, Dillashaw fight called off
White says that the bantamweight title fight between Garbrandt and Dillashaw has been officially called off, due to a Garbrandt back injury. Dillashaw will be rebooked to a flyweight title fight against 10-time defending champion Demetrious Johnson in August. However, Johnson, has said that he’s not interested in such a fight. A newly announced interim middleweight title fight featuring Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker will serve as the UFC 213 co-main event. The card will be headlined by female bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, who is defending her title against Valentina Shevchenko. White:
After [Cody’s] last round of treatment in Germany, they told him he’d need four weeks to rest. That would have put him two weeks out from the fight. With Cody out, we’re going to make T.J. versus Mighty Mouse [Johnson]. That’s the plan.
Dillashaw says UFC 213 bout with Garbrandt is cancelled
An hour or two before UFC Summer Kickoff, reports emerge that Garbrandt had pulled out of the conference in order to travel to Germany to deal with a serious back issue, leaving Dillashaw, his opponent in the upcoming UFC 213 bout to claim that Garbrandt was pulling out of the fight. Garbrandt:
I tore my back over two months ago and did stem cells that didn’t heal my back as I was told, now off to Germany for another procedure! Flying to Germany tomorrow for my second back procedure in less than 3 months, rest easy @TJDillashaw your time will come.
Nonetheless, Dillashaw says to fans on Twitter that he belives the fight has been cancelled.