UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker bested Yoel “The Solider of God,” Romero twice already. The pair met at UFC 213, where Reaper defeated Romero via unanimous-decision in July 2017 to score an interim title and later promoted to undisputed champion when Georges St-Pierre forfeit the strap. And most recently in a rematch Whittaker outlasted Cuban tank via split-decision at UFC 225 Pay-Per-view event on June 9 in Chicago.
Initially the contest was proposed as a title fight; however, Romero missed weight by 0.2 pounds, make him ineligible to win the championship. Later UFC President Dana White said the fight would take place, but it won’t be a title fight.
Both fighters displayed a fantastic performance, especially Romero who showed no ill-effects of his botched weight cut, ultimately gave Reaper a hard time and on several occasions, Whittaker was on the verge of being finished.
Whittaker recently had an interview on GrangeTV, where he explained he was surprised by Romero’s performance how he bounces back from the brutal weight cut and saw a noticeable difference as compared to the first meeting. (Via MMAMania)
“Whatever he’s hydrating on, I would like to know so I can also hydrate on that because it turns you superhuman, just about. When I was punching and kicking him he felt like metal — like a dude made out of concrete, it was a ridiculous. I fought him a year ago, and he didn’t feel like concrete.
“Not like that. He’s a tough guy, and like I said before, he’s a top-caliber athlete. But for him to come back the way he did, and for him to feel so differently and to perform so differently than he did a year ago — ‘cause let’s not forget, I have fought him before.
“I’ve experienced his shots, I’ve experienced landing shots on him, I’ve experience fighting him before. For him to make those changes physically and athletically, in a year, at the age of 41… I’m leaving that down to nothing more than magic.”
Before UFC 225, Romero missed weight for a UFC title bout against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in February; however, he won that fight by third-round knockout.
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