Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw scrapped from UFC 213 main event

Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw scrapped from UFC 213 main event

A back injury will prevent UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt from defending his title against TJ Dillashaw at UFC 213 on July 8, per Brett Okamoto of ESPN. The card will be headlined by female bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (14-4), who is defending her title against Valentina Shevchenko (14-2).

Since reports of Garbrandt's injury emerged, Dillashaw has pushed for a shot at flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, and White said he's working to make that fight happen atop a possible pay-per-view card in August near Johnson's hometown in Seattle.

White told ESPN.com he made a decision to create an interim 185-pound title after speaking to the division's current champion, Michael Bisping, on Tuesday.

The changes to UFC 213 come after weeks of speculation on Garbrandt's health. But White called the fight off after St-Pierre hoped to get the title fight scheduled for October and Bisping continued to rehab an injured knee. Dillashaw has won twice since and built anticipation for the Garbrandt bout by coaching against him in this season's "The Ultimate Fighter" reality television series. "He told me Cody had one more day of injections [in Germany] and then we'd find out what was going on".

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Johnson tied UFC legend Anderson Silva in April with his 10th consecutive successful title defense when he dominated Wilson Reis, but getting the record to himself would require winning his stiffest test yet. "That puts him into July", UFC President Dana White told The Times Tuesday in a text message. No official date has been set for his next title defense, but the UFC has looked at headlining a PPV event with Johnson on August 19 in Seattle. There is no word if the fight will be for Johnson's flyweight championship, though Dillashaw had previously shown an interest in the belt.

To date, nine of Dillashaw's 14 career wins have ended in stoppage, including six by way of (T) KO, while also earning four post-fight bonuses.

While UFC 213 still holds strong depth with fights like Robbie Lawler-Donald Corrine, Alistair Overeem-Fabricio Werdum III and Anthony Pettis-Jim Miller, it now lacks a crossover main event that the company's International Fight Week cards have typically had in recent years.

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