Born Robert Whittaker makes UFC history by beating Cuban Yoel Romero

Isaac Cain
July 9, 2017

"It was a very, very close fight", Romero said. Even hampered, Whittaker was able to defend takedowns from the Olympian, and won round three. Romero is locked on his back and has him pinned against the cage.

Kicks continued to be the weapon of choice for Whittaker in round four, prompting Romero to seek a takedown. Couching low, Romero, took to the center of the cage as he avoided the high kick from Whittaker and countered with a his own head kick. Clear round for Whittaker, 29-28 Romero. "The Reaper" moved forward with strikes as the round came to an end. Whittaker circles and lands another nice front kick. Turning around, Whittaker once again found himself stuck with his back against the fence. With his opponent squirming beneath him, Romero transitioned to back control. After that Robert went right back to kicking and being active. For the rest of the round Whittaker was the more active fighter, Romero seemed to take a break as there were two more rounds left in the fight.

It is highly likely that the victor of the Romero vs Whittaker fight this Saturday (8 July) will face Bisping but the Manchester native does not care who he fights anymore as he is itching to return to action, most likely at the end of the year. "I want to beat Yoel Romero because he's the stone I step on to greater things". The sheer terror Romero inspires in his opponents can be summed up by one of his sparring partners after finishing a session.

There was no shortage of action in the first round, with Browne (19-6-1) getting out to an early lead as he peppered Oleinik (52-10-1) with kicks from long range and then decked him with a left punch in the second minute.

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Round Five: The round begins with Whittaker catching Romero with a left followed by front kicks, Whittaker catches Romero with a few more lefts as well. Which is really what counts at the end of the day, right?

The fight presents an intriguing contrast between Romero's Olympic-level wrestling skills and Whittaker's powerful striking, but both fighters know they'll need every skill in their background. Popping back up immediately, the Australian ate a combination to the jaw but responded with a straight left to Romero's skull. Romero with a pair of knees to the thigh.

Romero's terrifying physique will be enough to put a chill down the young Whittaker's spine.

A heavyweight fight between former champion Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem might be the more appealing matchup for the non-hardcore fan, as both are well known from veteran careers in mixed martial arts. Swarming in for the kill, Whittaker lunged into Romero's guard and opened him up with slicing elbows across the forehead.

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