MMA Preview – Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero 2 at UFC 225

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 225? Sunday 9th June, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 225? United Center, Chicago, Illinois

What channel is UFC 225 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 225? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 225? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

"Not in a million years I thought I’d ever be champ... I don’t really see myself as the champ. I don't think I am better than anyone else, I just won some hard fights" – Robert Whittaker. UFC middleweight champion

Robert Whittaker is as humble as they come but outclassing an Olympic wrestler and frightening knockout artist with a damaged medial ligament is a special feat. The two now meet again after their showdown at UFC 213 where Whittaker took home the spoils with an uber impressive decision victory as the underdog.

Whittaker has been out of action since that bout whereas Yoel Romero responded to the loss with a devastating knockout over perennial contender Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 to set up this fight for the middleweight championship.

Romero is looking for revenge as well as the strap but the humble Aussie has recovered and is prepared to let his performance do all the talking once again.

THE PREDICTION

The Reaper put on a clinic on how to beat Romero and doing so after an oblique kick aggravated a knee injury makes you realise he has even more to give. His biggest threats in the first fight was Romero’s explosive power in his hands, his speed and Olympic level wrestling.

However, Whittaker’s defence was immaculate; he matched his speed and covered distance rapidly throughout the five rounds, he sprawled, defended the takedowns and sprung up from the bottom with relative ease and his key to victory was his cardio – he gave up the first two rounds but fought back and finished like a champion.

So, in this rematch Romero has to adapt and improve his stamina. Although fighting in burst attacks has earned him wins over every other beast in the division, he needs to approach this more cerebrally. His venomous knockout power will obviously still be a severe threat in the early rounds but if the fight goes on and The Soldier of God hasn’t adapted, you have to favour Whittaker.

Whittaker’s speed and movement will be crucial in stifling and interrupting the timing and explosive attacks of the Cuban. Romero is one of the most dangerous fighters in the world but The Reaper may just be his kryptonite and if he comes into this fight fully fit, he may just put on an even better performance. It will most likely be an early win for Romero or a late win for Whittaker.

Winner: Whittaker via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric