UFC 213: Romero vs Whittaker live blog, round-by-round updates

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    Fight results

    Main card
    Interim Middleweight Championship: Robert Whittaker def. Yoel Romero via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) to become the new interim UFC middleweight champion.

    Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem def. Fabricio Werdum via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
    Heavyweight: Curtis Blaydes def. Daniel Omielanczuk via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
    Lightweight: Anthony Pettis def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
    Bantamweight: 1Rob Font def. Douglas Silva de Andrade via submission (guillotine choke) 4:32, R2


    Heavyweight: Aleksi Olenik def. Travis Browne via submission (rear-naked choke) 3:44, R2
    Welterweight: Chad Laprise def. Brian Camozzi via TKO (punches) 1:27, R3
    Middleweight: Thiago Santos def. Gerald Meerschaert via TKO (punches) 2:04, R2
    Welterweight: Belal Muhammad def. Jordan Mein via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

    Early prelims

    Featherweight: Cody Stamann def. Terrion Ware via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
    Light Heavyweight: Trevin Giles def. James Bochnovic via knockout (punches) 2:54, R2

    Fight preview

    No.1 Yoel Romero battles Australia’s No.3 Robert Whittaker for the Interim-Middleweight championship. Join The Roar from 12pm AEST for this incredible UFC card.

    Since his one loss in 2011, Yoel Romero has proven to be one of the scariest fighters in the world. At 40 years old Romero is a physical freak and moves like a man twice as young.

    Riding an eight-fight win streak, Romero boasts dominant and brutal wins over the likes of Lyoto Machida and the recently retired Tim Kennedy.

    In his last bout Romero knocked former-champion No.6 Chris Weidman out cold with a flying knee. Romero is finally within touching distance of UFC gold.

    Standing in his way is another man who has surprised the mixed martial arts world in his climb to the top, Australia’s Robert Whittaker.

    Riding a seven-fight win streak, Whittaker has managed to stay active these past three years and rack up one of the most impressive run of wins in the UFC.

    Despite opening up as an underdog for many of his fights, Whittaker has managed to go on to defeat the likes of Uriah Hall, Rafael Natal and Derek Brunson in one of the most incredible fights in UFC history.

    However, no win was more impressive than his last, where Whittaker dominated No.5 Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza before knocking him out in the second round.

    This time around, Whittaker has found his himself as the betting favourite against Romero.

    Yoel Romero is an incredible wrestler and is incredibly explosive, however Robert Whittaker knows how to weather a storm and has the ability to overwhelm anyone when striking. Whittaker may not look as good as Romero, but he is in much better shape. Romero is known to gas out in the third round and this is set for five. If Whittaker can drag him into deep water, he can get the finish.

    Robert Whittaker via TKO in round four

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    • Roar Rookie

      William Dalton Davis said | 3:15pm | ! Report

      Fantastic by reaper. Fought through the pain and dominated 3 4 and 5. Now it’s time to drink throughout the day in cairns and make a fool of myself.

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 3:06pm | ! Report

      Thank you to everyone who joined The Roar for this live blog, we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 3:06pm | ! Report

      Australia has it’s first UFC champion!

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 3:06pm | ! Report

      THE OFFICIAL DECISION: Robert Whittaker def. Yoel Romero via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) to become the new interim UFC middleweight champion

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 3:04pm | ! Report

      Australia could very well have it’s first UFC champion. Albeit an interim title.

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 3:03pm | ! Report

      #1 Yoel Romero vs #3 Robert Whittaker – ROUND 5/5

      Fifth and final round is underway. Romero looks very tired, and Whittaker’s coaches are telling him to finish with strikes. They touch gloves in the middle. Whittaker comes out quickly and lands a good shot. Romero lands one of his own. Whittaker lands some good shots as Romero comes in. Romero hurts Whittaker and Whittaker is forced to retreat. Both men land shots. Both men are throwing heavy strikes but Romero is much more tired. Whittaker lands a kick to the body. Both men seem to be head hunting. Left hand lands for Romero. Whittaker lands a front kick. Whittaker flies with a kick and Romero lands a counter. Whittaker lands to the body and Romero lands a combination. Both men are exchanging hard shots. Right hand lands for Whittaker, Romero responds. Whittaker lands another front kick to the body. Both men land on the exchange. Both men miss. Romero slips and Whittaker ends up on top of Romero in Romero’s guard. Whittaker looks for an elbow on top. Whittaker is looking to land shots on top and Romero doesn’t seem to be looking to try and get up. Whittaker gets to half guard and lands some hard elbows on top. Time.

      My score: 10-9 Whittaker

      Overall score: 48-47 Whittaker

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 2:57pm | ! Report

      #1 Yoel Romero vs #3 Robert Whittaker – ROUND 4/5

      The first of a possible two championship rounds are underway. They touch gloves. Whittaker lands a front kick. Romero is looking like he is waiting to explode. Whittaker lands a body kick that gets Romero thinking. Romero shoots for a takedown and is trying hard to pull him down. Whittaker defends well and moves towards the fence. Romero still has a hold of Whittaker and is landing some hard knees. Whittaker manages to get out of the grip and land a knee to the body. Whittaker is bouncing around and his knee buckles. That is not good. Romero has a takedown stuffed. Big knee to the body lands for Romero. Whittaker misses with a front kick. Whittaker pushes forward with a one-two. Whittaker lands a kick followed by a hard left hand. Whittaker lands a push kick and just misses with a huge uppercut. Another front kick just lands for Whittaker. Left hand over the top lands for Whittaker. Romero has another takedown stuffed. Whittaker stuns Romero with a right hand and Romero drops down to one knee. Romero is tired and he is having his takedowns stuffed. Whittaker continues to push forward. Time. Excellent round for Whittaker.

      My score: 10-9 Whittaker

      Overall score: 38-38 (Draw)

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 2:51pm | ! Report

      #1 Yoel Romero vs #3 Robert Whittaker – ROUND 3/5

      They meet in the middle of the cage. Whittaker is looking for front kicks and Romero is circling well. Romero has some loose tape so they are cutting it. The action is back on. They clinch and Whittaker pushes him off. Whittaker is landing some good shots moving forward. Whittaker lands some good shots and Romero is stunned. Whittaker lands a head kick and Romero has been forced to circle. Good push kick lands for Whittaker, followed by a right high kick. Whittaker is really putting the pressure on Romero. Whittaker lands a jab. Whittaker is fighting much more clever in the third round. This round has been all Whittaker thus far. Whittaker lands a good combination. Good one-two lands for Whittaker. Side kick lands to the body for Whittaker. Whittaker lands a left hand to the body. Time. Great round for Whittaker, who ends the round in complete control.

      My score: 10-9 Whittaker

      Overall score: 29-28 Romero

      • 2:54pm
        Vinnie said | 2:54pm | ! Report

        That felt like a 10-8 round to Whittaker

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