Romero Claims UFC Confirmed Whittaker Rematch
According to Yoel Romero, the UFC has confirmed that he remains the first contender for UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.
MMA Fighting reported that while on their flagship show The MMA Hour, Romero said the UFC has already confirmed to him that he will get a title shot when Whittaker is cleared to compete, which according to the champion may be mid-2018.
“I don’t have an idea (of when),” Romero told host Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “Maybe July? I don’t know when. I hear he’s sick, he’s feeling no good, he’s feeling very bad. I pray for him. I’m waiting. I’m waiting for him.”
And even though it looked like Romero suffered a leg injury against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221, Romero brushed off the idea of a shin bruise keeping him away from the octagon.
“Thank you God, (the leg is) good,” Romero said.
Romero previously lost to Whittaker via unanimous decision in July 2017 in an interim middleweight title fight at UFC 213, but hopes the momentum of UFC 221 will lead him to victory against Whittaker.
Romero also made it known that he has a specific place in mind for the rematch, his adopted hometown of Miami.
“Cuba will [go] crazy, Miami will [go] crazy,” Romero said. “Many people in the world will be so happy, it’ll [be] crazy, believe me.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting