Robert Whittaker film study and breakdown from Kobe’s Korner

Breaking down "the reaper"

Yoel Romero has missed weight his second consecutive fight with gold on the line. None of that is going to stop UFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker from doing what he does best. The New Zealand born 185 pound stand out does two things well. Chews bubblegum and kick a**. Guess what folks? He’s all out of bubble gum.

Whittaker looks to make it eight straight on Saturday night when he takes on the former Olympic freestyle silver medalist Yoel Romero. This will be the second instalment of this matchup as the two already faced off back at UFC 213 where Romero took home an extra 50 grand for a fight of the night performance. Sadly for Yoel, he came up short. Losing by way of unanimous decision after five hard rounds. In the first meeting, Romero went 4/18 on the takedown struggling to implement the best part of his game. Whittaker’s defensive wrestling was very good on this night which definitely helped him claim his throne in the middleweight divison.

“The reaper” landed less total strikes but seen a wide gap in terms of the significant ones, outlanding Romero 74 to 48. Yoel was a plus 10 in terms of efficiency but when the takedown was there, he failed to keep whittaker on his back. Neglecting to establish any kind of substantial attack from top position. This led to the judges seeing it in favour of Whittaker, who was simply better down the stretch.

UFC 225 goes down on June 9th, at the United Center in Chicago. Where Romero will meet Whittaker once again. Only the stakes have changed. Originally billed a title fight for the undisputed middleweight championship of the world, Romero is now just fighting for money. As the Cuban missed making contractual weight for the second straight fight. Romero was able to finish Luke Rockhold back at UFC 221, yet missed his chance at an intern title as he came in at 187.7 pounds. 2.7 pounds over. Romero needed to be 185 on the money. A feat he has yet to accomplish.

It must see like deja vu  for the 41 year old phenom. As the championship weight of 185 pounds has gotten the better of him once again. Another disastrous weight cut has fallen into Romero’ lap en route to his rematch with the current champion and rising star Robert Whittaker. At least seven fighters have missed weight in 2018 and all seven have ended up winning their respective matchups. So by the current narrative, Yoel Romero might be in really good shape. Or maybe this unprofessional trend ends on Saturday night.  Either way, we take an in-depth look at the tool box of Robert Whittaker. Who looks to put an exclamation point on things this time as he hopes to finish “the soldier of God”.

 

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