Robert Whittaker is about to face one of the most dangerous men on the UFC roster, but the rising middleweight certainly isn’t short on confidence as UFC 213 approaches.
The man Whittaker will face, as you know, is Yoel Romero, who has defeated the likes of Lyoto Machida, Chris Weidman and “Jacare” Souza during an eight fight winning streak. Not only has Romero demonstrated ferocious power during that run, but he’s one of the most decorated wrestlers in the middleweight division.
Well, recently Whittaker was asked to weigh-in on his upcoming contest with Romero, and here’s some of what he had to say (quote via MMA Junkie):
“He’s a tough dude,” Whittaker said. “He has knockout power, and he has explosive power all the fight. From the first minute to the last minute, he’s explosive and dangerous. He’s got great wrestling, which can help him control the fight. And he’s got knockout power…
“But I’m going to control this fight. I think it’s going to be a smart fight, and whoever pushes their game plan on one another is going to win this fight…
“I just see me putting too much hurt on him,” Whittaker added. “His will might be there, but the human body can only take so much damage. I’ve just got to get my hands on him, and I will do that.”
Yup. There’s no question that Whittaker can deliver a lot of hurt. Just ask “Jacare”, who Whittaker took out in the second round (Romero barely got by Souza via a split decision). Derek Brunson is another top middleweight who got the full experience, in terms of Whittaker’s striking and punching power.
Whittaker hasn’t won eight in a row, but he has won seven straight, so you can understand why he’s feeling pretty good about his chances against Romero.
The upcoming bout will serve as the co-main event for UFC 213, which will take place July 8th at the T-Mobile Arena. It will also determine an interim, 185 champ.