Yoel Romero’s knockout out of Luke Rockhold may not have earned him the middleweight interim title last month due to missing his mark on the scale, but it did end up earning him a rematch for the real prize at 185 lbs.
Chris Taylor of BJPenn.com recently broke the news that Romero will get his rematch against Robert Whittaker for the UFC middleweight title in the main event of UFC 225 in Chicago.
Whittaker defeated Romero via unanimous decision last summer in a showing that would earn him the title of interim champion and Performance of the Year honors on this very site. Whittaker would later be promoted to the undisputed champion of the division after Georges St. Pierre would vacate the strap shortly after winning it from Michael Bisping last November in NYC. Got all of that? Good. Welcome to today’s UFC.
This will be Whittaker’s first fight since the initial Romero fight after undergoing surgery for that knee injury that he suffered within the fight. The rematch was originally booked as a homecoming of sorts for Whittaker in Australia earlier this year but he’d have to be replaced by Rockhold due to poor treatment for a staph infection in his stomach.
Here’s a quick look at what is turning out to be a super stacked PPV event for Chicago on June 9th:
Middleweight Championship Main Event
Robert Whittaker (c) (19-4) vs. Yoel Romero (13-2)
Welterweight Bout (Rumor)
CM Punk (0-1) vs. Mike Jackson (0-1)
Women’s Strawweight Bout
Claudia Gadelha (15-3) vs. Carla Esparza (13-4)
Alistair Overeem (43-16) vs. Curtis Blaydes (9-1)
Joseph Benavidez (25-4) vs. Sergio Pettis (16-3)
Rashad Coulter (8-3) vs. Allen Crowder (9-3)
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