UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker felt that Yoel Romero changed quite significantly between their first and second fights. According to Whittaker, Romero felt more or less normal when they first fought, and more like “metal” or “concrete” when they met for a second time at UFC 225 earlier this month.
“When I was punching and kicking him [at UFC 225] he felt like metal — like a dude made out of concrete, it was a ridiculous,” Whittaker said on Grange TV. “I fought him a year ago, and he didn’t feel like concrete. Not like that.”
“He’s a tough guy, and like I said before, he’s a top caliber athlete,” Whittaker continued. “But for him to come back the way he did, and for him to feel so differently and to perform so differently than he did a year ago — cause let’s not forget, I have fought him before. I’ve experienced his shots, I’ve experienced landing shots on him, I’ve experience fighting him before. For him to make those changes physically and athletically, in a year, at the age of 41… I’m leaving that down to nothing more than magic.”
While the ever-classy middleweight champ said he was stacking Romero’s transformation up to “magic,” refusing to say anything more accusatory than that, some fans quickly began to accuse Romero of potential PED use.
Romero has now done his part to put any accusations of this kind to bed, sharing an image of a letter he received from USADA after his UFC 225 bout with Whittaker. The letter explains that he was clean as a whistle in this fight.
See Romero’s response to Whittaker and his other doubters below:
What do you think of Robert Whittaker’s comments on Yoel Romero’s physique at UFC 225?
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