On his knockout of Luke Rockhold: "After the [Whittaker] fight, my manager said that when he saw me I had a big smile on my face". The pair first met a year ago at UFC 213, with interim gold on the line. He botched his weight cut and came in almost three pounds over the contracted limit, but after Rockhold accepted the fight, Romero put on a dazzling performance that ended with fight-ending strikes in the third round. Not only did Whitaker see himself promoted to undisputed champion, but Romero earned an unexpected opportunity at a second title shot.
Therefore, Rockhold was the only eligible fighter in that fight to win the interim strap.
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When asked if UFC 225 was the landing spot for his fight with Whittaker, Romero answered "yes" which confirms the plans the organization has made for the middleweight title bout to take place in Chicago.
While its been expected that Romero and Whittaker will fight next, a date has never been officially announced. I didn't take that loss as serious as I should have. He was supposed to defend the belt against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 but had to pull out due to injury. I went to Albuquerque with Jon Jones and I learned something.
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UFC 225 will be Whittaker's first title defence, and first fight as undisputed UFC middleweight champion, after former undisputed champion George St Pierre vacated the title in December 2017. So, if you're a top tier middleweight in the UFC, this news might be a wee bit stressful for you.
During an appearance on "The JRE MMA Show" with Joe Rogan, Romero revealed that the bout has been booked for UFC 225 at the United Center in Chicago on June 9.
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