Stacked UFC 225 card features an exciting rematch as Middleweight champion Robert ‘the Reaper’ Whittaker defends his belt for the first time against Yoel ‘Soldier of God’ Romero.
Whittaker and Romero first met almost a year ago at UFC 213 for the interim middleweight title. Whittaker defeated Romero via unanimous decision to hand Romero his first loss inside the octagon. Romero won the first two rounds and injured Whittaker’s knee courtesy of an oblique knee which hyperextended it. Whittaker however showed tremendous character to bounce back and won the last three rounds.
Whittaker has the blueprint to get the job done this time around as well and will the enter the octagon being a champion which adds to his confidence, however Whittaker isn’t dropping his guard as he’s aware of the threat Romero can possess.
“I think if you break down the first fight, you can walk away with a lot of minor victories,” Whittaker told MMAjunkie. “I can be proud of an achievement such as getting over adversity, but Yoel’s a dangerous dude. He catches you on the wrong day, he puts you out. He hits like a truck. He’s dangerously explosive. He’s No. 1 for a good reason. You have to give him the respect he deserves.”
“You’d think so, but look at him ,” Whittaker said. “He’s a very unorthodox, explosive guy. He’s built like a specimen. He’s got very high-quality skillsets. He’s a dangerous guy on the best of days, honestly. So I’m going to go in there knowing, giving him the respect of the threat that he is, and I’m going to do everything in my power to put him away.”
“The essence of the fight is still the same,” Whittaker said. “This is the same type of fight that I’ve had every fight in my career. I take it with the same approach. I’m just a little better at everything. Regardless of the results, I’m going in there happy that all the prep’s been done, and that I’ll walk away a better person.”