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UFC News: Robert Whittaker to Face Yoel Romero in a Title Rematch as UFC 225

Akshay Kumar
15 Mar 2018, 22:11 IST

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What’s the story?

It has been confirmed that Robert Whittaker will defend his title against Yoel Romero in a title rematch at UFC 225 in Chicago.

UFC officially announced that Whittaker will defend his title for the first time against Romero in Chicago.

This will also end Whittaker's long absence from the octagon after facing several health-related issues.

In case you didn’t know…

Romero is coming off an emphatic win over Luke Rockhold, knocking him out in the third round.

He could have won the interim title in the Perth main event but as he missed weight by a pound and was not eligible to win the interim middleweight title even if he had won.

Romero replaced Whittaker who was originally going to face off against Rockhold but had to pull out of the fight due to a series of injuries, staph infection, and chickenpox.

His last bout was against Romero which he won by decision. UFC on Thursday confirmed the rematch from their social media handles.

The official announcement from UFC

The heart of the matter

After the Rockhold fight, Romero was given a shot at the Title against Whittaker.


This is a great matchup, as Romero is coming off a great win and Whittaker who is now healthy after his injuries and is ready to go at it again.

Both fighters are excellent grapplers and we'll have to wait who will take home the belt this time.

What’s next?

This fight is going to be one great spectacle. Both these fighters have proved themselves in one of the most stacked divisions in the UFC.

Whittaker deserves to be the champion as he has been through some wars and defeated fighters like Jacare, Brunson and Romero.

Romero, on the other hand, became the top contender after impressive wins over Weidman, Jacare and Rockhold. This fight will seal the deal and we'll surely know who'll be the king of the middleweight division.

 Author's take

I'm really excited about this matchup. Both men deserve this fight and this will be a fight between two extremely gifted athletes.

We'll have to see how Whittaker will prepare against Romero's grappling and explosive counters.

This fight will settle all the chaos in the middleweight division and the winner will be the true champion in this division.

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