Romero challenges Whittaker for title at UFC 225

Romero vs Whittaker

Yoel Romero (13-2) will get a shot at Robert Whittaker’s (19-4) middleweight title when the two clash in a rematch in the UFC 225 main event in June. Promotion officials recently announced the booking.

UFC 225 will take place June 9 at United Center in Chicago. Preliminary card action will stream live on UFC Fight Pass and broadcast on FS1 with the main card airing live on Pay-Per-View.

Romero knocked out Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 last month, and had he not missed weight, he would have taken home the interim middleweight championship. Prior to that he had an eight-fight winning streak snapped by Whittaker via unanimous decision for the interim belt in July of last year.

A 2000 Olympic wrestling silver medalist for Cuba, Romero is one of the most feared fighters in the UFC today. In addition to Rockhold, he has scored knockout victories over the likes of Derek Brunson, Tim Kennedy, Lyoto Machida and Chris Weidman, among others.

Whittaker is riding an eight-fight winning streak and remains undefeated at middleweight. Prior to winning the interim belt against Romero (Whittaker was later promoted to undisputed champion), he had knocked out Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Derek Brunson. “Bobby Knuckles” has also posted wins at 185-pounds against Clint Hester, Brad Tavares, Uriah Hall and Rafael Natal.

Whittaker is a black belt in Hapkido and Goju-ryu Karate and holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The 27-year-old Aussie has finished nine of his 19 career victories via knockout and five by submission.

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