Nunes meets Shevchenko, Romero takes on Whittaker at UFC 213

Frederick Owens
July 9, 2017

Right before Nunes and Shevchenko step into the cage, the UFC will award an interim middleweight title to the victor of Yoel Romero's meeting with Robert Whittaker.

The first round served as a preview for why this was a tantalizing matchup.

The victory largely showcased Whittaker's growing poise, especially in the face of such an explosive striker in Romero.

The fourth saw Whittaker keep up the volume of push kicks mixed with body kicks.

Yoel landed a nice takedown at the beginning of Round 2.

This is according to well-respected MMA journalist Ariel Helwani. But Romero never quite capitalized on the injury in a move that cost him.

Romero started off strong in the first two rounds as his Australian opponent seemed to have suffered an injury to his knee.

Hanging tough would pay dividends for Whittaker in the third.

Both fighters were clearly exhausted in the fifth, but they were determined to put on a show. However, an ill-fated punch that caused Romero to slip was the death knell.

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Bisping took his own middleweight championship and threw it on the ground in front of Whittaker before saying, "Take that, fight me for it".

If you didn't already know this, UFC fighters might be some of the world's most well-conditioned athletes. If the real 185-pound belt was on the line it would be the main event.

The wait for a unification fight shouldn't be much longer, though.

Per the report St-Pierre sent a text message to both Bisping and UFC president Dana White, expressing his desire to fight the former at UFC 217 on November 4 at Madison Square Garden.

Bobby Knuckles has what it takes to revitalize a division that has been lying dormant.

The 36-year-old has been threatening a comeback for the bones of two years now. It went to the scorecards, and when all was said and done, Robert Whittaker was your new interim middleweight champion!

Bisping, 38, borrowed from the book of pro wrestling in order to hype the fight when he approached Whittaker inside the cage on Saturday.

As confident as he is, Whittaker has a mammoth task to complete this weekend: defeating Cuban wrecking ball Yoel Romero.

The fearless Whittaker has set the bar high, declaring he wants to become one of the sport's most renowned fighters by the end of his career.

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