Yoel Romero threw himself back into the UFC Middleweight Championship picture with an impressive win against Luke Rockhold via knockout at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia back at the start of the month.
Despite coming into the fight against Rockhold overweight, Romero will still have a chance to face Robert Whittaker for the UFC Middleweight title as Dana White said after the fight that the Cuban will fight Whittaker next despite the fact he didn't win an interim title at UFC 221.
This fight between Romeo and Whittaker won't take place until both fighters are fit enough to compete. Romeo still has little niggles from his UFC 221 fight, while Whittaker is still recovering from a poorly treated staph infection.
According to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani Romero wants his UFC Middleweight Championship against the Austrailian to take place in Miami later this year, which would be UFC's first visit to the city in 15 years.
Romero is a Cuban native, but he lives and trains in South Florida, which is why he is hoping to fight for the title in the Sunshine State. UFC 42, headlined by Matt Hughes vs. Sean Sherk for the welterweight title, took place at the American Airlines Arena in 2003, but it only drew 6,700 fans and a buyrate well below 100,000 pay-per-views.
The state of UFC has changed so much since that pay-per-view, so the numbers will certainly be better this time around if UFC was to revisit Miami, an idea which they are reportedly willing to consider, but nothing is set in stone as of writing.
If this fight was to take place in Miami, it likely wouldn't happen until sometime after August since UFC have all their pay-per-views booked up until UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier in July. They also have UFC 229 and UFC 232 booked for Las Vegas in October and December respectively.
Whittaker and Romero have fought against one another before at UFC 213, a fight which the Austrailian won via unanimous decision to become the interim UFC Middleweight Champion before later being promoted to the undisputed champion following Georges St-Pierre's vacation of the title.
It will be interesting to see how their second encounter finishes, which will hopefully take place later this year, and it will be a fight that many UFC fans will be looking forward to.
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