Robert Whittaker Gets Dropped Twice, Recovers to Defeat Yoel Romero

Robert Whittaker Gets Dropped Twice, Recovers to Defeat Yoel Romero

Yoel Romero and Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker met for the second time in what was to be the much-anticipated UFC Middleweight Championship bout at UFC 225 in Chicago.

A debacle at the weigh-ins saw Romero first weigh in at 186 pounds, 1 pound over the middleweight limit for a title fight.

Whilst he was given additional time to make weight, could only cut to 185.2 lbs.

As a result, the contest will no longer be for the title and 20 per cent of his purse will now automatically be taken by Whittaker.

The pairing previously fought in UFC 213 for the Interim Middleweight Title which Whittaker took by decision.

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That was the last fight that the Australian/New Zealander took part in as a series of medical ailments kept him sidelined for the remainder of 2017.

Having to pull out of UFC 221 which would have contested the title again, UFC 225 loomed as a chance for Whittaker to prove his undisputed claim as champion.

He had won his last 8 fights on the trot to bring him to Chicago.

Romero, on the other hand, still fought in UFC 221, Perth against Luke Rockhold. The fight was again on that occasion, not contested for the title as Romero missed weight by .7 of a pound.

Despite this, he won the bout to take him to a 13-2 record over his 10-year career in MMA. The 41-year-old Cuban freestyler famously won a silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

The fight was a five round affair with Robbie edging three of the five round, but with Yoel dominating the other two.

Yoel had rocked Robbie in the fourth and the fifth round, landing some great shots that gave Robbie the stanky leg. To the Champs credit, he recovered well and managed to see the last couple of rounds through.

There was a lot of controversy after it was revealed the judges did not score one 10-8 round at all, which is especially surprising as Yoel absolutely dominated the champ in the final round, with Whittaker hanging on for dear life.

Bruce Buffer eventually announced the split decision win for Robert Whittaker.


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