Report: Robert Whittaker Off UFC 248, Whittaker Issues Statement

A highly anticipated middleweight division encounter between former UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier at UFC 248 is going to have to wait as Whittaker has been pulled from the card.

Ariel Helwani of ESPN first reported the news, although an exact reason as to why Whittaker was pulled from the card isn’t known at this time. Cannonier is expected to remain on the UFC 248 card at this time, as UFC officials are seeking a replacement opponent for him to face.

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Cannonier (13-4-0) enters the contest while in the midst of a three fight winning streak, having defeated David Branch, Anderson Silva and Jack Hermansson. Cannonier has competed at three different weight classes in the UFC, earning an overall record of 6-4-0 in the promotion. Cannonier has picked up thirteen wins as a professional MMA fighter and nine of them have come by way of KO/TKO.

Shortly after the news was revealed, a statement would be issued by Whittaker on Instagram:

UFC 248 takes place on Saturday, March 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with no main event announced at this time. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

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