UFC 213 Preview: Romero vs Whittaker

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Who will walk away from UFC 213 the Interim Middleweight Champion?

The UFC Middleweight Division is in a interesting place heading into UFC 213. The UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping was supposed to fight the returning George St. Pierre. However, Pierre eye problems and Bisping knee injury has prevented the fight from coming together. In the meantime, the Division has gained multiple contenders that are worthy of a championship fight. The two fighters in the Division that stand out are Yoel “The Soldier of God” Romero and Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker, who will fight this Saturday for the Interim Middleweight Championship.

Romero has been in the conversation of fighting for the Middleweight Championship for some time now. Romero is currently on an 8 fight win streak and hasn’t even lost a fight in the UFC. At the age of 40, Romero has one of the best physique in the UFC and is also the most athletically gifted fighter in the UFC. As well as being a Silver Medal Olympic wrestler, Romero has continued to get better with his striking and has several Knockout victories. With wins over names like Chris Weidman, Tim Kennedy and Ronaldo Souza, is Whittaker next?

Whittaker has found his home in the Middleweight Division. At 26 years old, Whittaker has climbed up the stacked Middleweight Division and did so in impressive fashion. Currently on a 6 fight win streak in the the Division, Whittaker is on the cusp of becoming a star. Whittaker is a great striker and has incredible power in his hands to knock people out, especially with his knockout win over Derek Brunson. What’s also impressive is his Takedown Defense, having the highest percentage of avoiding being taken down currently in the UFC at 91%(according to UFC.com). Can Whittaker avoid being taken down by a ¬†Silver Medal Olympic wrestler?

The Co-Main Event of UFC 213 has the making of a great fight and could be the Fight of the Night. Both Romero and Whittaker are coming into this fight on an incredible win streak and has left no doubt why they are fighting for the Interim Middleweight Championship. Whittaker is the young and hungry fighter, looking to be the UFC first Australian champion. While Romero is looking to add to his legacy of accomplishments and leave UFC 213 with gold on his waist. Who will walk out of the Octagon the new UFC Interim Middleweight Champion and make history?

 

Written by Tyriece Simon

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