By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
The octagon will return to Chicago on June 9 for UFC 225.
The pay-per-view event will be headlined by a middleweight title fight rematch featuring current title holder Robert Whittaker taking on top division contender Yoel Romero.
BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor broke the news on Twitter:
Breaking! Per sources Yoel Romero vs Robert Whittaker 2 is a done deal for #UFC225. The title fight rematch is expected to serve as the main event in Chicago!
— Chris Taylor (@CTaylor_96) March 9, 2018
Robert Whittaker was last seen in action at July’s UFC 213 event in Las Vegas where he scored a unanimous decision victory over Yoel Romero capturing the promotions interim middleweight title in the process.
Whittaker was later promoted to undisputed UFC middleweight champion, this after Georges St-Pierre opted to vacate his middleweight title after defeating Michael Bisping in New York.
Since moving up to the UFC’s middleweight division in November of 2014, Robert Whittaker has gone a perfect 7-0 which includes knockout victories over Clint Hester, Brad Tavares, Derek Brunson and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
Meanwhile, Yoel Romero was last seen in action at February’s UFC 221 event in Perth, Australia where he scored a nasty second-round knockout victory over former division champion Luke Rockhold.
Romero has gone an impressive 9-1 over his past ten fights which includes nasty knockout victories over Clifford Starks, Ronny Markes, Derek Brunson, Tim Kennedy, Lyoto Machida, Chris Weidman and most recently the aforementioned Luke Rockhold.
UFC 225 takes place June 9 live from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Also announced for the fight card is a key heavyweight showdown between former title challenger Alistair Overeem and surging division contender Curtis Blaydes.
In addition to that, UFC 225 also features a flyweight tilt between Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis and a women’s strawweight tilt between Claudia Gadelha and Carla Esparza.
Who do you think will emerge victorious when Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker rematch for the undisputed UFC middleweight title on June 9 in Chicago?