UFC 213 takes place on Saturday night from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The main event was scheduled to be Amanda Nunes defending the women’s bantamweight title against Valentina Shevchenko. But on Saturday morning, Nunes went to the hospital with an illness and got scratched from the bout. Inserted to the main event, for the interim middleweight title, Robert Whittaker faces Yoel Romero.
Whittaker and Romero took a winding road to get to UFC 213. Originally, champion Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre were going to compete for the title. But St-Pierre couldn’t do the date until later in the year due to an eye injury. Bisping still was battling a knee injury so White pulled it and made the fight between the top two contenders at 185 pounds.
Whittaker (19-4) possesses the second longest winning streak in the division reeling off seven consecutive wins since moving up from the welterweight division in 2014. Romero (12-1), a 2000 Olympic wrestler has the longest win streak with eight consective wins coming over from Strikeforce in 2013.
It isn’t a fight card featuring the biggest names but the two main events make it a must-see show.
Here is our live coverage of UFC 213: Whittaker vs. Romero.
Rob Font vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
10:23: Great first round by Font. Did a good job of attacking de Andrade with combinations.
10:19: At the end of a great combination by Font, he poked de Andrade in the eye. FIghters need to learn to keep the fist closed.
10:12: To kickoff the main card at UFC 213, in bantamweight action, No. 15 ranked Rob Font goes up against Douglas Silva de Andrade. This fight got bumped up to the main card when the Nunes vs. Shevchenko was pulled. Font has won three of last four fights while de Andrade sports a 24-1 record, winning back-to-back fights after losing in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 36 back in Feb. 2014. Great way to kickoff the main card.
10:00 p.m.: UFC 213 PPV main card is about begin from the T-Mobile Arena The main event features a bout for the interim featherweight title as No. 1 ranked Yoel Romero goes up against No. 3 ranked Robert Whittaker. Grab your refreshments now and enjoy Sporting News’ live coverage of UFC 213.
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