UFC 213: Michael Bisping should be wary of Robert Whittaker

UFC 213: Michael Bisping should be wary of Robert Whittaker

UFC 213: Michael Bisping should be wary of Robert Whittaker

Yoel Romero is an incredible wrestler and is incredibly explosive, however Robert Whittaker knows how to weather a storm and has the ability to overwhelm anyone when striking. Whittaker hit more kicks. "It was tooth and nail there but this is unbelievable", Whittaker said immediately after having his hand raised. The fight ended with Whittaker on top of Romero, raining down punches to secure the victory and cap off a classy and gutsy performance. "I want to beat Yoel Romero because he's the stone I step on to greater things".

"I decided to make the change because the cut for me to make [welterweight] was just too much", he reflects.

After defeating a man that had not lost since late in 2011, Whittaker extended his win streak to eight fights, and put on that interim strap with a big smile on his face.

In addition to making history and snaring the interim middleweight belt, Whittaker now has the chance to unify the division against champion Michael Bisping, who is recovering from injury.

His career really took off in 2012, when he was chosen for The Ultimate Fighter reality TV show, which pitted Australian combatants against British rivals in two weight divisions. There are also just some guys who seem to have this uncanny awareness in the pocket, and Whittaker falls into that category.

"He's the champion for a reason" Whittaker said "He's been in the sport for a hell of a long time".

"It bothered me pretty good", Whittaker said in his postfight interview.

Just hours before the start of the event in Las Vegas, Amanda Nunes was ruled out of her bout against Valentina Shevchenko.

Romero (13-2), an Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling, dominated the first two rounds with his grappling. I think if you fight a five-round war with Yoel Romero, you deserve a medal of your own. Later in the round Romero was badly hurt by Whittaker again, going for sloppy takedowns. Whittaker and Romero were both accomplished enough middleweights that theirs felt like a fight to determine the true champion.

Romero did not complain about the decision and said he thought it was a close fight.

Moving on to more UFC 213 results ... the co-main event featured a peculiar bout between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum.

"First of all Robert that was an awesome fight". I was talking to Sean Shelby between rounds and I told him to take notice of what I was doing even though I stepped in as a replacement seven days ago. Miller displayed toughness but couldn't turn the fight in his favor, as Pettis took across-the-board 30-27 scores for a unanimous decision.

While Sydney will also host an event on November 19, it will be a Fight Night card, leaving the likely headliners to be cult heavyweight Mark Hunt or, potentially, rising Australian female featherweight Megan Anderson.

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