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