There’s a saying that goes “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” except for the most part, people just say “The best-laid plans of mice and men…” because we take the second part for granted. The same goes if you happened to say “The best-laid plans of the UFC…” because it’s a similar situation: things always seem to go awry for them. Last year, 21 main events or co-main events had to be adjusted, postponed or canceled entirely. Oftentimes the day or day before the event.
That luck continues into 2018 with middleweight champ Robert Whittaker’s removal from UFC 221 in Perth, Australia. The whole event was built up around the Australian Whittaker defending his belt in his home country. Now the new main event is another interim title affair between Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold, which dovetails with a weak undercard to create another UFC PPV that will struggle to move units.
“I would like to apologize to all my supporters and fans of MMA for not being able to put on the show you deserve,” Whittaker wrote in a statement on his removal. “I’ve been ruled medically unable to compete and wont be able to defend on home soil.”
I would like to apologize to all my supporters and fans of MMA for not being able to put on the show you deserve. I've been ruled medically unable to compete and wont be able to defend on home soil. This card meant so much to me and I'm devastated for not being able to fight. All I can do is focus on getting healthy to come back better than ever. All the best to Yoel and Luke for their fight and ill be waiting…