UFC 213: Whittaker outlasts Romero to become Australasia's first UFC Champion

Posted July 10, 2017

"It was a very, very close fight", Romero said.

- Overeem says he'd like to fight at MSG for his next bout. "Whoever wins the fight, you can have it, you're the champ". Still, Whittaker was able to sweep the final three frames to take the decision, using his precise striking and a tactical gameplan. He has never fought past the third round, and in the event this goes the distance, Whittaker's steady offensive output just plays better on scorecards than Romero's outbursts.

Romero vs. Whittaker fight card consisted of 11 fights featuring 22 fighters. But Romero, along with the last seven men to test Whittaker, learned the hard way that this Aussie packs a punch and doesn't shy away from adversity, two common characteristics of great fighters.

"I just don't want to be a champion", he said, via Yahoo Sports.

This was a breakout performance for Whittaker in every way - it was his most complete and impressive performance in the cage to date. No, this year doesn't have the same blockbuster feel as the last couple years in Las Vegas, but Saturday's headliner between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko should be one of the fights of the year ...

IT'S the kind of single-minded, level-headed approach that's helped Robert Whittaker get to this point. "I'm taking on those killers and I'm taking on the responsibility of being the champion".

"We were destined to fight mate, I think it's fate, it really is", Whittaker said, as Bisping approached Joe Rogan and the mic. "Bisping owes me a fight", he said in his postfight interview.

He is now poised to face current middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

Whittaker first injured his leg during his training camp ahead of their interim title fight.

Prone to letting his emotions get the better of him, Bisping divided opinion with his behaviour after Whittaker's hand was raised in victory following a five-round war with the Cuban freak of nature. Whittaker loves the home run, but he's happy to hit singles or doubles if those are what's available. Whittaker will try to push a pace that either wins rounds by virtue of effective offense or forces Romero into making mistakes that he can counter. That's why there's an interim champion. Immediately after, Yoel went for a takedown that Whittaker avoided.

"I have a lot of support from the Australian crowd back home, I know this and I'm blessed to be in this position". "I am thankful to all the fans around the world for supporting me". There are also just some guys who seem to have this uncanny awareness in the pocket, and Whittaker falls into that category.

Whittaker proved in besting Romero that he can deal with any style. I won't mind watching that, either.