UFC Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is set to make his Octagon return at UFC 225. The Australian will defend his title against Yoel Romero in a rematch and he is riding high on confidence ahead of the fight.
However, with just weeks away from the pay-per-view, Whittaker has many questions for Romero. The most important one from the lot is about Romero’s plans to retire from the sport.
“Just sounds to me that he’s quit. I don’t think you can go into a fight with the thoughts of retirement beforehand. I think, when the time comes for me to retire personally — and this is just a personal opinion, he’s neither right nor wrong — but in my opinion, when I feel, as soon as I feel that I’ve reached the end of my road and I’ve had enough of fighting, that’s it, I’m done. I’m calling UFC next day and telling my coaches I’m done. Because you can’t go into a fight knowing you’re going to hang up the boots so to speak after it.” Whittaker noted during his appearance on Submission Radio (H/T MMA Fighting)
No fight if Romero misses weight
Romero bounced back strongly from his defeat against Whittaker recently when he stopped Luke Rockhold. Interestingly, Romero had missed weight for the fight and Whittaker went on to state his opinion on the issue as well. He assured that he will not take the fight if Romero misses weight.
“Nah, no way. Like, why would you. I don’t understand anyone who takes fights when their opponent doesn’t make weight. It’s like, if you rock up at 87 kilos, which is what Romero did — It was like 86 kilos or something like that — then why don’t I rock up at 95? What’s the difference? We’re both not making weight, we’re both not professional enough to do it, you know? And the weight cut is directly influential to the fight itself. I think not making weight is the most unprofessional thing you can do. It’s as bad as just not showing up for the fight itself. So, if you don’t make weight, I’m not fighting you. I’ll give the shot to someone else who can make the weight, who can do their freaking job,” he said.
The 27-year-old Whittaker also mentioned that he is confident of a win as Romero might not bring anything new to the table. Whittaker is currently on an eight-fight winning streak and has an impressive record of 19-4 to his name.