Since the electrifying and some would say controversial main event at UFC 225, there’s been talk about a third fight between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero. But, it doesn’t look like the middleweight champ believes another fight is necessary.
During the first two rounds of their fight on Saturday, it looked like Whittaker was well on his way to a second win over Romero. But, the powerful wrestler proceeded to drop Whittaker a couple of times in the later rounds, and in round five, he had the champ in all sorts of trouble. As a result, there’s been plenty of debate as to whether the final round should have been scored 10-8 in Romero’s favor, and whether Whittaker should have won the fight via split decision.
“When Rogan asked me in the Octagon the other night, he said rubbermatch and for one, I have never heard of the term rubber match so he caught me off guard there,” said Whittaker. “Second, I had just beat the boogeyman of the division twice back-to-back. I don’t think it’s how the division, UFC conducts business to get the champion to fight one guy, who on both occasions doesn’t make weight for a championship fight, back-to-back-to-back. Like, am I going to fight Yoel Romero forever?”
“I had told other people that (wouldn’t fight if Yoel missed weight), but I was more trying to get my opponent to think about it and take a little more seriously. I’m a professional in all the things I do, and when I sign the contract and it says 185, I make sure I am 185,” he added, while discussing his decision to follow through with the fight, despite the fact Romero came in overweight.
There are certainly other people who have aslo cited Romero’s weight issues, as to why the Cuban star shouldn’t get a do-over here. Whether you agree with that or not, it doesn’t really look like the UFC is going to move forward with Whittaker – Romero III anyways. Dana White said after UFC 225 that he believes Romero should move to light-heavyweight. He also relayed that he had Whittaker winning the bout.
Whittaker also earned a decision win over Romero last July.