Robert Whittaker Urges Adesanya And Gastelum To Fight Yoel Romero
Robert Whittaker is healing up, and by the looks of it, he is set on putting people in their place.
The UFC Middleweight Champion was scheduled to defend his title at UFC 234. However, a freak health condition saw the champ pull out from the event just hours prior, and Whittaker was undergoing dual surgery when the UFC 234 prelims kicked off. So far, Dana White has refused to strip Robert Whittaker of the title, while Adesanya and Gastelum have been goading each other.
While White said Gastelum could face Israel next, Robert thinks otherwise. The champion believes that neither Adesanya nor Gastelum is the number two guy in the division. That spot belongs to Yoel Romero.
“Definitely [Romero is the second best guy in the division]”, Whittaker recently told Grange TV YouTube channel (transcript via MMA Fighting). “If Adesanya or Gastelum want something to do, fight him. [Laughing] He’s fun. He’s a great fight.”
Whittaker, during the lead up to his UFC 234 fight, said that he was happy he wasn’t fighting Romero anymore. And according to the middleweight kingpin, Romero is a one-of-a-kind athlete.
“I feel that Yoel gave me his best in 10 rounds and couldn’t put me away. I went 10 rounds with a monster, no one else has. It is refreshing to have a different opponent other than Yoel.”
Romero is currently scheduled to fight Paulo Costa at UFC on ESPN 3 in April.