Romero says UFC 225 for rematch with Champ Robert Whittaker

Ruben Hill
March 14, 2018

"I was preparing myself but not preparing myself correctly for how I was going to fight", Romero said. The pair first met previous year at UFC 213, with interim gold on the line.

Unfortunately Whittaker suffered a awful illness that forced him out of the fight. He botched his weight cut and came in almost three pounds over the contracted limit, but after Rockhold accepted the fight, Romero put on a dazzling performance that ended with fight-ending strikes in the third round.

Whittaker (19-4) earned a unanimous decision over Romero (13-2) in their original bout at UFC 213 in July to secure the interim middleweight title, and was later deemed the division's official champion following Georges St-Pierre's decision to vacate the 185-pound belt.

While its been expected that Romero and Whittaker will fight next, a date has never been officially announced. They controlled my attacks, so I learned when to attack. "I don't have a problem with five rounds now".

Injury and a bout of chicken pox forced Whittaker out of his scheduled fight against Luke Rockhold in Perth in February, resulting in an interim title match-up between the American and Romero. Do you think that Romero has a good shot at beating the new middleweight champion this time around in their rematch? It's no doubt a loss he'd like to avenge, and having the undisputed title on the line should make it that much sweeter.

The finish set Romero up to be the next challenger to Whittaker, and according "The Solider of God" on today's edition of the "JRE MMA Show" podcast, the rematch is set for UFC 225, which takes place June 9 at United Center in Chicago.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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