Unstoppable UFC middleweight title challenger Yoel Romero will put his 8-0 Octagon record on the line at UFC 213 on July 8th live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, when he takes on streaking Aussie Robert Whittaker for the 185-pound interim title.
In effort to pump up combat enthusiasts for the impending championship bout, UFC has opened up its vault and released Romero’s Octagon debut from UFC on FOX 7 in 2013 (shown above). The Cuban wrestler took on Clifford Starks and wasted no time putting him away. In just over 90 seconds, “Soldier of God” landed a devastating flying knee followed by a few insurance punches to take Starks out via first-round knockout. It was Romero’s first appearance at 185 pounds and remains his quickest finish under UFC/Strikeforce rule.
While Whittaker is a natural striker capable of fusing speed and power into one beautiful arsenal, Romero is more than capable of taking any middleweight out on the feet. He may have to eat a ton of shots to do so at UFC 213, but fight fans could very well see another flashy finish by the bulky 40-year-old.
UFC 213 will be headlined by a women’s bantamweight title fight pitting current champion Amanda Nunes against No. 1 contender Valentina Shevchenko.
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