Robert Whittaker will make his first middleweight title defense vs. a familiar foe, as he faces Yoel Romero at UFC 225.

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Set for June 9, the event takes place from the United Center in Chicago.

Back in 2017 at UFC 213, Whittaker scored a split decision over Romero to claim the interim title. When Georges St-Pierre vacated the belt, Whittaker became the undisputed champion.

Whittaker (19-4) has reeled off eight consecutive wins. The 27-year-old has bested the likes of Romero, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Derek Brunson during his run.

Romero (13-2) was denied the interim belt earlier this year after missing weight for a bout with Luke Rockhold. The 40-year-old former Olympic medalist knocked out Rockhold in the third round.

Below is the current UFC 225 fight card:

UFC Middleweight Championship
Robert Whittaker (c) vs. Yoel Romero

Strawweight: Claudia Gadelha vs. Carla Esparza

Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis

Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes

Heavyweight: Rashad Coulter vs. Allen Crowder

Light Heavyweight: Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith

Light Heavyweight: Misha Cirkunov vs. Tyson Pedro

Heavyweight: Marcin Tybura vs. Tai Tuivasa