Yoel Romero's big knockout of Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 this past weekend wasn't enough to stop other middleweights from making a push for a title shot against champ Robert Whittaker. Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), in particular, is one fighter who believes he, and not Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC), should be the next to challenge for Whittaker's (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) belt. If things had gone according to plan at UFC 221, Romero's third-round knockout of Rockhold would have made him the interim 185-pound champion and set him up for a unification match with “The Reaper.” Romero missed weight for the event, though, and his victory as somewhat tainted.
RelatedChamp Robert Whittaker got his wish when 'seriously crazy' Yoel Romero won at UFC 221 Despite the botched weigh-in, UFC President Dana White confirmed Romero will indeed fight Whittaker next. Weidman hopes to change the mind of the UFC brass, though, and made his argument on social media (via Twitter):
Hang on…Am I the only one who is in the top 5 who hasn't fought Whitaker, coming off a win, most title defenses, makes weight and doesn't fail drug tests? ðŸ˜ŽðŸ‡¦ðŸ‡º #UFC221 — Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) February 11, 2018
Although Weidman makes a reasonable case, the immediate hole that will be poked into his argument is the fact the former champion is just 1-3 in his past four fights, including a decisive knockout loss to Romero at UFC 205 in November 2016.
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