Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Yoel Romero took on current champion Robert Whittaker earlier this month as the pay-per-view headliner at
UFC 225 in another “Fight of the Year” contender. The bout was originally scheduled for the middleweight title, although due to Romero missing weight by 0.2 pounds it was relegated to a non-title fight.
Whittaker narrowly edged out the victory via split decision, despite “The Soldier of God” landing some heavy leather later in the fight.
What was most surprising was Romero's ability to conserve his energy as the fight played out, even though he was visibly exhausted and unleashed a barrage of strikes on Whittaker in the later rounds, looking to end the fight.
One of Romero's trainers at American Top Team, Conan Silveira shed some light on why we saw an energetic Romero especially in the final round. Silveira recently spoke to Combate and said that Romero's teammate Jorge Masvidal told an exhausted Romero to focus and listen to his corner or else he'd stop the fight (via MMAIndia.com):
“It was a comment made by [Jorge] Masvidal who was in Romero's corner. Th…