UFC 213 misplaced its extremely hyped principal occasion simply hours earlier than doorways opened at T-Cellular Area when Amanda Nunes was pressured to tug out of her title struggle with Valentina Shevchenko because of sickness.
Regardless of the absence of the ladies’s bantamweight title struggle, the interim middleweight title conflict between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero greater than made up for the lack of Nunes-Shevchenko. Australia’s Whittaker was spectacular as he overcame a primary-spherical leg damage and an assortment of takedown makes an attempt that stored coming as in the event that they have been on a conveyor belt and not using a cease button.
Whittaker’s victory extends the longest win streak within the middleweight division to seven straight wins (eight in a row general). “The Reaper’s” resume could also be higher than another fighter in his division after defeating Romero simply three months eliminated after a TKO win over division goliath Jacare Souza.
Subsequent up for Whittaker is a unification title battle towards champion Michael Bisping for the undisputed crown later this yr, UFC president Dana White confirmed Saturday.
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Whittaker simply retains getting higher
In his final outing, Whittaker steamrolled Souza, touchdown a spotlight-reel head kick and ending the Brazilian with an ensuing flurry of punches. That efficiency was preceded by a one-spherical firecracker of a battle towards Derek Brunson, the place Whittaker additionally completed by knockout.
Towards Romero, the brand new interim middleweight champion confirmed one other wrinkle to his recreation. He went down two rounds and dug deep to outlive and are available again to win.
Whittaker needed to conceal his damage to remain within the struggle. He needed to struggle by means of adversity, which he’s proved greater than able to doing all through his profession after a tough go at welterweight to start out his UFC run.
“My knee was undoubtedly harm,” Whittaker stated. “I injured it in camp and Romero’s kick set it again weeks. I do know that Romero will capitalize on any weak spot he sees so I needed to play it off. That’s simply what champions are manufactured from.”
Again to drafting board for Romero
Yoel Romero’s UFC report was good earlier than he bumped into Robert Whittaker. He’s overcome each opponent in his path and got here near doing it once more at UFC 213.
Even with the setback, Romero stays as among the best within the division. An in depth win towards Jacare Souza in 2015 led to a cut up determination, and with Souza coming off a lack of his personal to Whittaker, a rematch with Romero could also be simply what the physician ordered.
Showtime returns to type
“Showtime” can contemplate his victory “mission completed,” as a result of he seemed just like the previous Pettis. He used his deadly leg kicks to brutalize the physique of Miller, who was recreation as ever regardless of getting reduce with a head kick within the second spherical.
Again within the win column and at house at one hundred fifty five kilos, Pettis is trying to get again within the title image.
“I used to be on the lookout for the end the entire time. I even landed a few head kicks clear however Jim Miller is as robust because it will get and he simply stored coming,” Pettis stated. “I’ve been working onerous on my wrestling protection and I acquired to point out that off together with my putting tonight.
“It was a enjoyable battle and now I’m simply wanting ahead to getting again on the market. I’ll inform you what’s subsequent for me: three-time world champ.”
Matt Parrino is a digital producer and author for UFC.com. Comply with him on Twitter at @MattParrinoUFC