Scaled-back International Fight Week begins with interim title fight in focus


Sydney based Robert Whittaker gets the opportunity of his career this weekend when he challenges Yoel Romero for the UFC interim title, with the victor earning a shot at current champion Michael Bisping.

"I've been having a lot of success on the program and off the back of every camp, every fight, I just get better". Two of the fastest rising fighters in the company, Romero and Whittaker will enter the cage riding a combined 15-fight winning streak.

"Bobby Knuckles" has been on the absolute tear at middleweight.

As risky as Romero has been on his feet, Whittaker salivates at the idea that the fight would stay standing because he believes that's as close to a guarantee that he would walk out as the new interim middleweight champion.

We're not sure whether it's the make-up or whatever filter was used for the post, but he nearly looks like a wax likeness of himself in this snap.

Dana White said last week that he met with St-Pierre and that he would face the victor of the upcoming welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia at UFC 214.

"I'm the type of person that reasons with the times and moments that present themselves in my life", Romero said.

"But I am going in there come Saturday to fight the best Yoel Romero the world has ever seen and come out with the victory".

"I've backed him into a corner, I've said everything I can say", Bisping said about St-Pierre while appearing on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.

"Stand-up is my strength and that's what I'm going to try to push on him because I think wrestling is his strength", Whittaker said.

"This fight with Yoel Romero isn't just about the UFC gold". The striking game is my game and I'm fast, I'm powerful, I have hurting power.

Whittaker, though, says he doesn't fear Romero but admits he is unsafe. I have faith in my wrestling, faith in my grappling and faith in my striking. Me and Bisping go back a long way from his season of 'The Ultimate Fighter, ' and I've done a lot of things for Michael Bisping, and Michael Bisping's done a lot of things for me. My knee is still very much giving me issues, but who cares, I've got to fight and I'm shaking off the cobwebs and getting ready. Get on the phone, get on the email, internet, call your manager. As the two clash this coming weekend at the showpiece card in a co-main event that will bring an end to International Fight Week in Las Vegas. "I've watched about a minute of film on him and he's a wannabe MVP".

"He's a risky fighter and unsafe from the first minute to the last". I need to accept what God gives me. I'm going to go in there and be me and throw my hands at him. "I'm here to do this, to become the first Hispanic (native), first time for Miami, to be a UFC champion".