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UFC 213 Yoel Romero vs Robert Whittaker Fight Pick & Preview

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A few hours before the start of UFC 213, Amanda Nunes has been pulled from the card due to illness.  Now, Yoel Romero vs Robert Whittaker will be the main event.  This will be a five round fight for the interim UFC middleweight title, but, it probably won’t need all five rounds to be decided.  Let’s take a closer look at these two fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 213: Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker. 

Yoel Romero is coming into this title fight with an overall MMA record of 12-1. His last and only loss was way back in 2011.  Since then he’s been on a tear with 8 straight wins.  Those wins haven’t been agains chumps either.  He’s beaten the who’s who of the middleweight division including Chris Weidman, Ronaldo Souza, Lyoto Machida, Tim Kennedy and others.  

Yoel is built like a tank and drops bombs for chingasos!  He’s finished 10 of his fights via KO/TKO including 3 of his last 4 fights.  He’s one of the most, if not the most powerful and dangerous fighters in the UFC.  His wrestling background allows him throw chingasos full force without the fear of being taken down.  And, if gets his hands on you, you’re most likely going to hit the mat pretty damn hard.  

Robert Whittaker comes into UFC 213 with an overall MMA record of 18-4. More impressively, he’s rattle off 7 high level wins in a row including TKO’s of Ronald Souza and Derek Brunson in his last two fights.  He has great striking and his takedown defense is getting better and better.  

Whittaker is one of the best technical boxers in the UFC and as he’s learned to mix things up, those skills are becoming more and more effective for him.  Whittaker can finish fights!  He has 9 KO/TKO’s on and 4 submission wins on his resume.  Four out of his last 6 fights have finishes via KO/TKO.

In this fight, look for Yoel Romero to go after a takedown early.  While Romero has power, his striking isn’t the most technical and his best chance is take the fight to the mat and get into a ground and pound situation.  Unfortunately for Romero, Whittaker knows how to keep the fight standing.  His takedown defense is one of the best.  

Whittaker will be patient and will allow his technical striking to wear down Romero.  Whittaker has the better gas tank.  As the fight progresses, Romero will get slower, sloppier, and Whittaker will take advantage.  This fight will end in the later rounds and Robert Whittaker will be crowned the interim UFC middleweight champion.  

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