Well, good luck to you, Robert Whittaker…
Yoel Romero was in flamboyant mood at the UFC 213 open workouts, and he had every right to be.
Of course, we are accustomed to seeing him in such ripped shape for all of his fights, but is this next level?
Romero squares off against Robert Whittaker on Saturday night for the UFC interim middleweight title and he looks to be in quite simply immaculate shape ahead of the bout.
The Cuban is ranked as the number one contender in the 185 lbs division and looked set for a crack at the champion, Michael Bisping, after defeating Chris Weidman via a vicious knee KO at UFC 205 last November.
However, things didn’t quite work out that way.
With the return of welterweight legend Georges Saint Pierre following a three-year sabbatical came the shock announcement that the Canadian would jump the whole queue of contenders at middleweight to fight Bisping for the belt. In the meantime, GSP has stated that he will not be ready in time to face ‘The Count’ and Romero has been matched up with other top middleweight contender, Robert Whittaker, for this weekend’s UFC 213 event with the interim championship on the line.
As the UFC brass attempt to clear the muddy situation which is the whole Bisping-GSP debacle, come Saturday night there will be a fighter who can not be refused a shot at unifying the division. Be that Romero or be that Whittaker, there will finally be some clarity in a division that is currently in turmoil.
Ahead of Saturday’s event, the main feature of UFC’s international fight week which takes place this week in Las Vegas, ‘The Soldier of God’ is looking better than ever. At 40-years-old, to be in this phenomenal physical shape is admirable.
While some MMA fans would suggest that Bisping is on the run from Romero, wishing to defend his belt against other opposition in the division, having watched this, all we can say is, would you blame him?
Check out the ridiculous shape of Romero in the clip below: