Offbeat Whittaker defeats Romero by split decision in Fight of the Year candidate

09:00  10 june  2018
09:00  10 june  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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Robert Whittaker , right, defeated Yoel Romero by decision last July in their first meeting. Nearly one year ago, Robert Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero in a hard, competitive five-round interim title fight .

Robert Whittaker , right, defeated Yoel Romero by decision last July in their first meeting. Nearly one year ago, Robert Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero in a hard, competitive five-round interim title fight .

  Whittaker defeats Romero by split decision in Fight of the Year candidate © Ron Chenoy / USA TODAY Sports

Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero in a fast-paced rematch by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) in a non-title main event at UFC 225 on Saturday.

Whittaker (20-4) took a decision win in their first meeting, which was also one of the year's best contests. Whittaker extended his undefeated run at middleweight to eight wins (nine straight overall), while Romero (13-3) has now dropped two of his last three.

The title was not on the line as Romero missed weight by 0.2 lbs on Friday, though that didn't seem to keep either fighter from expelling all of their energy.

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Robert Whittaker , right, defeated Yoel Romero by decision last July in their first meeting. Nearly one year ago, Robert Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero in a hard, competitive five-round interim title fight .

Romero looks too tired to get up and a slip may end up deciding this fight . Official Result: Robert Whittaker defeats Yoel Romero by unanimous decision (48-74, 48-47, 48-47) to become the new interim UFC middleweight champion.

After gassing himself in their first meeting last July, Romero did not start the fight in a hurry, appearing to conserve his energy for later rounds as Whittaker had to work to find some clean shots.

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