Injured Cody Garbrandt out of UFC 213

Updated May 23, 2017 - 11:22 pm

Cody Garbrandt’s back injury has officially forced him out of his UFC 213 bantamweight title defense against former teammate T.J. Dillashaw.

A women’s bantamweight title rematch between Valentina Shevchenko and champion Amanda Nunes will move into the headlining spot for the July 8 event at T-Mobile Arena.

UFC president Dana White announced the news Tuesday night on ESPN’s “Sportscenter.” An interim middleweight title bout has also been added to the card as Yoel Romero will take on Robert Whittaker.

The loss of the main event was a big blow to what traditionally has been one of the organization’s biggest events of the year. Garbrandt and Dillashaw, friends turned arch-rivals, have been promoting the bout through constant confrontations as opposing coaches on the current season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” reality show.

Garbrandt has been receiving treatments in Germany in hopes of remaining on the card, but will be unable to make the first defense of the belt he won in December.

Dillashaw, the former bantamweight champ, is now likely to drop to flyweight to challenge Demetrious Johnson for the title in August.

It marks the second consecutive July that Nunes has been bumped up to the main event on a major card in Las Vegas.

She won the belt with a knockout of Miesha Tate in the headlining bout of UFC 200 in 2016. Nunes also knocked out Ronda Rousey in her first title defense at T-Mobile Arena in December.

Romero and Whittaker will square off for the interim belt with middleweight champion Michael Bisping out until at least the fall with a knee injury.

UFC officials had hoped Bisping could defend the belt against returning superstar Georges St. Pierre on the card, but St. Pierre isn’t ready and Bisping is now out of commission. White says St. Pierre will now fight for the welterweight belt when he is ready and Bisping will take on either Romero or Whittaker.

The card also includes a welterweight bout between Donald Cerrone and former champion Robbie Lawler, as well as a heavyweight rematch pitting Alistair Overeem against former champ Fabricio Werdum.

More MMA: Follow all of our MMA and UFC coverage online at and @CoveringTheCage on Twitter.

Contact Adam Hill at or 702-277-8028. Follow @adamhilllvrj on Twitter.

Covering The Cage Videos
UFC 236 Press Conference Highlights
UFC 236 will feature a pair of interim title fights. In the main event, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will face lightweight contender Dustin Poirier and middleweights Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum will collide in the co-main event. UFC 236 will take place in Atlanta, Ga., on Apr. 13.
Jon Jones retains light heavyweight belt at UFC 235 - VIDEO
Jon Jones retained the UFC light heavyweight belt when he earned a decision over Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235.
Kamaru Usman crowned new champ at UFC 235 — VIDEO
Kamaru Usman became the first African-born fighter to claim a UFC belt when he defeated Tyron Woodley to become the promotion's new welterweight champion.
UFC 235 Official Weigh-in Results - VIDEO
All 24 fighters competing at UFC 235 at the T-Mobile Arena on March 2 stepped on the scale prior for the official fight card weigh-ins. All four fighters competing in the title bouts slated for the event made weight.
UFC's Jones says he has no shame after recent drug test results are released - VIDEO
Though recent drug test results still show trace amounts of Turinabol in his system, UFC light heayvweight champion Jon Jones says he has no shame and is hiding nothing as he prepares for his UFC 235 title bout against Anthony Smith.
Anthony Smith stays level-headed prior to UFC 235 title fight - VIDEO
Despite UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones being in the spotlight for drug test discrepancies and other outside the cage struggles, Anthony Smith says he is tuning out the noise and remaining focused on the challenge of beating the reigning champion in the cage.
UFC 235 Media Day Highlights
Highlights and staredowns from the top three fights on the UFC 235 fight card taking place at the T-Mobile Arena on March 2.
UFC 235 press conference highlights
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Kamaru Usman have a heated exchange and Ben Askren enjoys his time on the stage by interacting with UFC president Dana White.
UFC president Dana White talks UFC 235 and more
UFC president Dana White joined Heidi Fang and Adam Hill to discuss the UFC 235 card set for Las Vegas on Mar. 2 at the T-Mobile Arena and also spoke on Colby Covington and Khabib Nurmagomedov's and Conor McGregor's disciplinary measures given by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Full version available on Facebook at Review-Journal Sports
Tyron Woodley and Kamaru Usman Have Heated Exchange At UFC 235 Presser - VIDEO
UFC 235 opened with Jon Jones returning after his meeting at the Nevada Athletic commission, Tyron Woodley and Kamaru Usman arguing on stage and Ben Askren making his UFC debut.
NAC Chairman says it's time to tone down MMA smack talk ahead of fights
After announcing the fines and suspensions given to Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov for their involvement in a melee at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Nevada Athletic Commission Chairman Anthony Marnell said it may be time to address "mouthy fighters" smack talk and conduct leading up to a fight.
Jones, NAC Chairman issue statements following Jones' licensing approval for UFC 235
The Nevada Athletic Commission issued UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones a conditional one-fight license to compete at UFC 235 taking place at the T-Mobile Arena on Mar. 2. Jones had to reapply for a license in Nevada after failing a drug test which led to UFC 232 being moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, California.
UFC donates $240,000 to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada
UFC presents Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada with $240,000 donation and promises to grant more wishes as the partnership goes forward.
Benavidez on his new contract, future of the UFC flyweight division
UFC flyweight Joseph Benavidez, who is booked to fight Dustin Ortiz at UFC Fight Night 143 on ESPN Plus, discusses his role as an alternate for the title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo, his new 4-fight contract and the future of the 125-pound division.
Covering the Cage: Jones, Nunes win at UFC 232
Amanda Nunes defeats Cyborg in the women's featherweight division and Jon Jones returns to UFC as the light heavyweight champion. Covering the Cage host Heidi Fang and Adam Hill recap the UFC 232 main and co main events.
Home Front Page Footer Listing