Friday, 19 October, 2018

Robert Whittaker beats Yoel Romero by split decision in Chicago

Robert Whittaker left punches Yoel Romero in their interim UFC middleweight championship bout Las Vegas last July REY DEL RIO GETTY IMAGES Robert Whittaker left punches Yoel Romero in their interim UFC middleweight championship bout Las Vegas last July
Diane Mills | 10 June, 2018, 09:52

He was scheduled to fight Luke Rockhold for an interim title at UFC 221 in February but came in at 187.7 pounds.

Romero feels that if he was given that extra hour then he could have made the championship weight and challenged for the title.

After Yoel Romero missed weight for the second consecutive time in a title fight, Bisping sounded off.

In the second round, a Whittaker left hand caused some awful swelling on Romero's right eye.

Whittaker opened strong, immediately attacking Romero's lead leg with side kicks before establishing a solid jab.

However, because Yoel Romero missed weight by.2 lbs on Friday, he will not be eligible to win the promotions coveted middleweight championship.

The 41-year-old Cuban's recent struggles come on the heels of an eight-fight win streak that began with an impressive opening-round KO of Clifford Starks in his promotional debut at UFC on Fox 7 in January 2013. Two judges scored the contest 48-47 for Whittaker, while a third had it 48-47 for Romero.

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Whittaker, of Australia, survived the third, despite an onslaught of offense from Romero.

Bisping continued, saying he believes the Illinois Athletic Commission should have given Romero more time to get down to 185, adding "Forgive me for being crude, but you can go to the bathroom and get rid of that (0.2 pounds) pretty quick". Tuivasa Bests ArlovskiTai Tuivasa (8-0) cleared a major hurdle, as one of the heavyweight division's most promising young prospects defeated former champion Andrei Arlovski (27-16) via unanimous decision.

All of that marred one of the best fights of the year, a scintillating five-round bout that started off slowly and finished with blood and frenzy.

In the co-main event, Colby Covington (-130) is a narrow, nominal favorite against Rafael dos Anjos (+110) as they vie for the interim welterweight title.

In the opener on the main card, welterweight Mike Jackson (-200) is favored against CM Punk (+170) in a matchup that is as blank a slate as it gets, due to each man's inexperience in UFC.

Also on the main card, Holly Holm (11-4) takes on highly-touted UFC newcomer Megan Anderson (8-2) with a shot at featherweight champion Cris Cyborg likely on the line. And no fighter has ever missed weight for two title fights.

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