UFC 221 took place Saturday, Feb. 10 from the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia. Top UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero finishes former champion, Luke Rockhold, via third-round knockout in the main event of UFC 221. That win didn’t earn him the interim title after missing the weight, but he sure cemented himself as the true number one middleweight contender.
The brutal knockout of Rockhold earns ‘Soldier of God’ a rematch with current champ Robert Whittaker, who was originally slated to lock horns with Luke Rockhold in the UFC 221 main event before pulling out due to injury.
However, one top-ranked former champ thinks he should be next in line for a title shot with Whittaker. Romero, lost the bout via unanimous decision to Whittaker in July of last year, which is why Chris Weidman, who defeated Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25, believes he should be the one challenging Robert Whittaker for the championship.
Hang on…Am I the only one who is in the top 5 who hasn’t fought Whitaker, coming off a win, most title defenses, makes weight and doesn’t fail drug tests? 😎🇦🇺 #UFC221
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) February 11, 2018
”I think it’s good that the division will be less chaotic, less weird, so you’ll have just a straight up champion, no interims,” he told Submission Radio. “As for who should fight Whittaker? I don’t know, I think I should. I just beat – what is Gastelum ranked, top five? He’s ranked fifth? I just finished him, he’s never gotten finished in his career.”
As for Yoel Romero?
”He just had a loss to Whittaker,” Weidman argued.
Chris Weidman believes, Yoel Romero’s loss at UFC 213 and missing weight at UFC 221 doesn’t earn him a title shot, though UFC president Dana White is confirming Romero as next up for Whittaker.
Romero who declared he’d broken his leg en route to his third round victory over Rockhold, but later doctors cleared that he is good to go for few weeks of rest.
With @YoelRomeroMMA in the hospital. Leg is fine people couple weeks and he will be good to go
— Ibrahim Kawa (@Abraham_kawa) February 11, 2018
While Chris Weidman who nurses up his thumb injury he suffered in his July victory over Kelvin Gastelum. It’s almost impossible to envision Weidman getting the next shot.
”There’s still pain, I’m able to punch decent,” he said regarding his ongoing thumb problems. “But still if I clip the thumb it still hurts. But it’s more the grappling right now, when I go to grab or do any movement I get little sharp pains so I’m not able to squeeze like I’d like. And so I’m at about the six month mark, Khabib says it takes about eight months, so maybe another two months or maybe less.”
”I’m going to go see a doctor in Las Vegas coming up here and get some injections and hopefully speed up the process.”