Romero: Working with Jones showed me how to beat Whittaker

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The UFC middleweight title has been through a blender. When Michael Bisping failed to defend his belt in a timely manner, Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker fought for the interim belt, with the latter gritting out a narrow decision. Then Georges St-Pierre beat Bisping. Then GSP gave up the belt, and Whittaker’s interim belt was elevated to undisputed without a fight.

Romero appeared recently on The JRE MMA Show #17, and said he is again fighting Whittaker, at UFC 225. Romero was asked to predict how the fight will go.

“Let’s just wait until June 9th,” replied Romero, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting.

“After the [Whittaker] fight, my manager said that when he saw me I had a big smile on my face. I was very happy. I didn’t take that loss as serious as I should have. [I was happy because] I learned. And now you see what happened with Luke Rockhold. I learned about timing.

“Listen, people talk about my ‘gas’ but it wasn’t easy to fight Luke Rockhold. I went to Albuquerque with Jon Jones and I learned something. They controlled my attacks, so I learned when to attack. If you go, go, go, you will get tired. So I had to learn to pace myself. I don’t have a problem with five rounds now.”

UFC 225 will be held on June 9, 2018, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.