Yoel Romero battled Robert Whittaker for the second time in another close and competitive fight at UFC 225, despite a nasty weight cut.
Romero said that he is the middleweight champion from his hospital bed, even though he lost a split decision in the night’s main event.
”Soldier Of God” gave his thoughts on the judges’ decision and made a bold claim while doing so:
“Tonight, I don’t feel that I lost. I am the champ. It’s like the movie, like Rocky Marciano. Today, I am black Rocky, the people’s champ.”
Romero and Whittaker went to war for another five rounds at UFC 225 in Chicago on Saturday night, and the second fight was even closer than the first one.
Even Romero’s manager Malik Kawa expressed a similar sentiment, claiming his fighter actually won both of their encounters in spite of the results.
“Guys, he got robbed twice. Two times in Chicago. Commission took it from him. The judges took it from him. But I’ll tell you what: As fans, as people who watch the sport for a long time, that may have been one of the greatest fights I’ve ever seen in my life, and I know a lot of you guys feel the same way.
“Give it up for this man. This man did something impossible based on everything. He had a game plan, he executed the game plan, and he won that fight.”
Romero didn’t end up making weight for Saturday’s rematch, meaning he was ineligible to win the title even if he had emerged victorious.
Despite the difficult weight cut, the Cuban Olympian still went five hard rounds with the middleweight champion, and fans are divided as to who should have gotten the victory.
Do you agree with Romero and his manager? Or did Whittaker do enough to beat him again?