PREVIEW: Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero
Like any of you reading this, I enjoy and follow the sport of MMA. With that comes me following various news sources and occasionally reading articles that interest me. While I have been seeing a lot of talk about this weekend’s card, there hasn’t been a whole lot of talk about the main event, which is an excellent main event to cap off an excellent card. If this is you as well, fear not, because here’s a preview of the Middleweight championship bout between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero.
Robert Whittaker is an interesting fighter. He was a Welterweight when we entered the UFC, and after having issues with the weight cut, he made the jump to Middleweight, where he was won 7 fights in a row at, beating some of the best the sport has to offer. He’s beaten a legend in Jacare, a KO artist in Brunson, and a physical freak in Romero (more on him shortly). To cap it all off, he’s the champion. Not bad for a 27 year old. He is a smaller, but very quick Middleweight who has no problem staying in the pocket and trading. He has also shown very good wrestling defense. Also, early on in his MMA career, he won 5 fights by submission, so his Jiu Jitsu is not to be slept on. Finally, he’s just a smart fighter. He seems to know his range early on and takes very calculated risks. He’s a tough guy to figure out, and even tougher to beat.
Yoel Romero, on the other hand, is an alien. There’s no other explanation. There is no logical reason that a 40+ year old man should look like that or have those physical gifts. He can end the fight at ANY second whether it’s by flying knee, spinning back fist after he misses his first shot, or just a well timed hook. He’s one of the most explosive athletes in UFC history, and with an Olympic wrestling pedigree, he has a unique set of skills that makes him nearly unbeatable. Only nearly, though, as Bobby Knuckles did win this first bout by decision back at UFC 213. Romero bounced back well and destroyed a Luke Rockhold everybody thought to be the best and most well-rounded fighter in the division. Don’t merely look at the first fight and assume history is going to repeat itself because this Cuban freak of nature is crafty and will come for blood.