93.8
Decision (Split)
25:00
      The first round had Whittaker picking apart Romero with his boxing, and he was throwing a lot of teep kicks, trying to take out Romero's lead leg. Meanwhile, Romero only threw a handful of strikes, but they all looked like nuclear bombs with the intentions of taking out entire cities. I'm giving the first round to Whittaker, based on being more active, but Romero is fucking scary.
      Whittaker continued to chip away at Romero, and he caused Romero's right eye to swell shut almost immediately. They both threw some hard shots in the second round, and they both landed with a lot of shots, but Whittaker is on another level when it comes to technical striking. Romero shot for a desperate takedown le in the round, and Whittaker stuffed the shot and walked out of it with ease. Whittaker is clearly ahead 20-18 after the first two rounds.
      They both threw some solid shots to start the third round, and Romero rocked the shit out of Whittaker, causing him to do the chicken dance. Romero followed that up with the aggression of a murderer, and he continued to beat the shit out of Whittaker for a solid 90 seconds or so. Whittaker was able to get him to back off by landing a couple of sharp elbows, but Romero was still all over Whittaker, clinching and pressing him against the fence. Romero tried to throw down Whittaker halfway through the round, but Whittaker still had enough left to stuff the shot. They both continued to unload on each other, with Romero pretty clearly beating the shit out of Whittaker, but Whittaker was still able to land a perfectly placed head kick, which Romero just ate without even flinching. That was a hell of a round for Romero, and you could MAYBE even argue it was a 10-8, but I think Whittaker did enough to keep it a 10-9. I have Whittaker ahead 29-28 going into the fourth round.
      Whittaker landed several head kicks to start the fourth round, and Romero was just standing there, loading up to launch something. Whittaker kicked Romero in the dick, and they took a brief timeout. When the fight started back up, Whittaker blasted Romero with countless left jabs, as his right hand was clearly broken. He was also sticking to the "kick the knee" gameplan. Romero on the other hand was like the paddles on a pinball machine, bouncing Whittaker around the cage every time he would throw combinations at Whittaker. His power is insane. Romero rocked Whittaker with a massive left hand with 20 seconds left in the round, and he followed it up with a few hard shots, but Whittaker was able to chicken dance his way to safety. This fight could potentially be all tied up going into the final round. I really have no idea what to expect from the scorecards.
      Romero hurt Whittaker with some hard shots in the final round, and he BASICALLY knocked him out, causing Whittaker to turtle up, so Romero jumped on him, and unloaded with some big punches, and some hard elbows, and the referee had to warn him for throwing an elbow to the back of Whittaker's head. It looked like the fight was over, but the referee let them continue, and Whittaker was able to recover enough to shoot for a single leg, but that obviously didn't work out for him, as Romero continued to bully him, throwing him around like a wounded ragdoll. To be honest, I think this fight should be a 48-47 decision for Yoel Romero, BUT... It's worth noting that he missed weight by 0.2 pounds, which is insignificant, BUT... It means that if Romero wins, then he can't become Champion, so...? The judges were split, and the gave the decision to Whittaker, which is good, for business reasons, plus I wanted him to win, but holy shit, I think Romero won this fight. He was clearly the closest to finishing the fight on multiple occasions.
92.4
Decision
25:00
      Whittaker started this fight by throwing some decent punches, but Romero was staying just outside of his range. Romero kicked Whittaker's leg at the same time that Whittaker slipped, which caused him to fall down, but he popped right back up. Whittaker landed some hard jabs, and then there was a wild scramble, where Romero threw Whittaker to the ground, but he wasn't able to hold him down for more than a couple of seconds. Romero threw a flying knee, and yanked Whittaker around for a few seconds in the clinch, but he still wasn't able to properly take down Whittaker. Whittaker threw a few more clean shots, Romero shot for another takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, and Whittaker stuffed the shit out of it. Whittaker clipped Romero just slightly with a head kick at the end of the round. I have no idea who won that round.
      Between rounds we learned that Whittaker's lead leg was torn up by a kick from Romero, so Whittaker is having some trouble moving around. That didn't stop him from throwing an early head kick though. Whittaker rushed in 90 seconds into the round, and Romero ducked under his punches and took Whittaker to the ground, landing inside his guard. Whittaker was holding on for dear life, while Romero threw some very short punches to the head of Whittaker from inside his awkward guard. Whittaker nearly swept Romero, but Romero took his back in the process. They stood up, and Romero kept ahold of the back clinch. Romero tripped Whittaker with 90 seconds left in the round, but Whittaker popped back up immediately. Romero hugged Whittaker for most of the rest of the round, Whittaker hit him with a decent knee to the thigh, and then the referee reset them. Whittaker landed some wild strikes, and then Romero punched him and clinched again with 30 seconds left in the round. Romero threw Whittaker down in the final 5 seconds of the round, Bully Beatdown style. Romero is probably ahead 20-18 going into the third round.
      Whittaker came out and threw some decent kicks to start the third round, and he landed some nice punch combinations as well. Whittaker landed a nice body kick, and almost landed a head kick, as he continued to chase Romero around in the third round. Whittaker continued to land some big punches, and kicks for most of the round, while Romero was clearly just taking the round off. Round 3 goes to Whittaker, and this fight could potentially be all tied up going into the Championship rounds.
      They continued to bounce around to start the fourth round, and Whittaker nearly dropped Romero with a kick to the chest. Romero then grabbed Whittaker and whipped him around for a few seconds, while trying to take control of his back. Whittaker escaped the tight clinch 90 seconds into the round, and blasted Romero with a knee to the body. Romero shot for another takedown, and Whittaker stuffed the shit out of it. Romero threw his flying knee halfway through the round, but Whittaker did a good job avoiding much contact. Whittaker blasted Romero with a brutal head kick with 2 minutes left in the round, and he followed it up with a wide variety of strikes. Whittaker continued to hammer Romero with big punch combinations in the final minute, nearly getting the finish, as Romero looked a bit lost. Romero shot for a couple more takedowns, and Whittaker continued to stuff the shit out of all of his shots. Round 4 goes to Whittaker for sure, as he's clearly won at least two rounds, and the first round is up in the air. Romero looks absolutely exhausted going into the final round.
      Whittaker landed some fast strikes to start the final round, but Romero is still throwing some heavy kicks back at him. They continued to throw everything they had at each other, but they were both clearly running out of gas in that final round. Whittaker cut the top of Romero's head with a knee, and he continued to chip away at him with combinations. Romero is still plowing forward, but he's not throwing much offense. Whittaker dropped Romero with a left hand with 90 seconds left in the fight, and then he jumped into his guard. Whittaker threw some short elbows, and Romero threw up a few decent punches from his back. Whittaker passed to half mount with 30 seconds left in the round, and he threw some brutal elbows at Romero, chopping up his face in the final seconds. That round goes to Whittaker, as he earns the biggest victory of his career, and becomes the UFC Middleweight Champion (interim). As far as I'm concerned, this was a legit Championship fight, since I feel like both of these guys have been ranked above Bisping for a long time now.
92.7
TKO (Punches & Elbows)
8:28
      Whittaker landed some good punches early in the first round, and then Jacare took him down 2 minutes into the round. Whittaker did a great job defending the takedown, and after a wild scramble, Whittaker was able to get back to his feet with half the round left to work. Whittaker blasted Souza with a nice combination that knocked Souza down with 2 minutes left in the round, but he popped right back up. Jacare landed some hard punches with 90 seconds left in the round, while Whittaker was moving around the outside, still looking for openings. That was a VERY close round, but I'm scoring it slightly for Whittaker, based on the fact that he was able to defend against Souza's grappling, and I thought he landed more shots on the feet, but it was a VERY close round and could have gone either way.
     Whittaker opened the second round with some punches, he nearly knocked out Jacare, he went in for the kill, landing inside Jacare's guard, and then decided to stand back up and reset. He blasted him again with some heavy hands one minute into the round, and then he blasted Jacare with a clean head kick. Whittaker continued to land with some clean hard punches, and Jacare looked a little lost out there. He landed another head kick, continued to beat the shit out of Jacare, he knocked him down, jumped into his guard, unloaded with huge punches & elbows, chopped up Jacare's face, and forced the referee to stop the fight. That was another fantastic performance by Robert Whittaker, as he's quickly becoming one of my favorite middleweight fighters.
95.3
TKO (Head Kick & Punches)
4:07
      These aren't the two biggest names in the Middleweight Division, but they do have two of the longest active winning streaks going into this fight, so it's a big deal. Whittaker blasted Brunson with some clean punches, while stuffing his shots. Brunson landed some big punches as well, and then Brunson went into full on rabid bull mode, as he just charged forward, throwing everything he had in the first 2 minutes of the round, swinging wildly, while chasing Whittaker. Whittaker did a great job stuffing shots, landing clean punches, and hammering Brunson's body with knees, but Brunson's offense was literally insane. Brunson weathered that early storm, and then he fucking dismantled Brunson with brilliant boxing, a head kick, all kinds of violent offense, Brunson was practically out on his feet, Whittaker dropped him, continued to unload with big punches, and the fight was stopped in the first round, as Whittaker ends Brunson's insane winning streak, and Whittaker continues to climb the rankings, positioning himself awfully close to a title shot in my opinion. That was possibly the most insane fight of the year so far, and that was a HUGE win for Robert Whittaker. This dude is fucking legit!!!
91.5
Decision
15:00
      The first round started kind of slow, but in the final 30 seconds, Whittaker nearly knocked out Natal, rocking the shit out of him with some big punch combinations. Whittaker went in for the kill, and Natal was throwing counters to try to keep Whittaker away, but yeah, based on that ending, very clear round for Robert Whittaker.
     The second round was a very close round, with Natal chewing up Whittaker's left leg with heavy kicks, but Whittaker was attacking Natal with some aggressive punches as well, and kicked Natal in the head with a big flying kick at the end of the round. Close round, but I'm scoring that round for Whittaker as well. So I have Whittaker ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but it could be all tied up depending on how the judges score those leg kicks.
     Whittaker was complaining about his right hand being fucked up, and his left leg was clearly fucked up from the kicks, so I was concerned for him going into the third round, but he was able to pick apart Natal with a LOT of left hands, some solid leg kicks of his own, he showed some great takedown defense, he controlled the center of the cage for almost the entire fight, AND he kicked Natal in the face in the final seconds, which rocked the shit out of Natal. In the end, I scored this fight 30-27 for Whittaker, but I can see a possible 29-28, depending on how that second round was scored. All 3 judges gave the fight to Whittaker for the unanimous decision victory.
90.9
Decision
15:00
      Whittaker looked like a monster in that first round, throwing MASSIVE bombs, hard leg kicks, he rocked Hall, and then after Hall went crazy with some ninja kicks, Whittaker caught him, and took him to the ground, where he controlled him, and beat him up with elbows for most of the round. The first round definitely goes to Robert Whittaker. The second round was a pretty decent scrap, with both guys landing some hard shots, but Hall was still having trouble really getting aggressive, and Whittaker's nose was fucked up, so he was clearly breathing out of his mouth by the end of the round. They came out swinging in the final round, and Hall got rocked, and it looked like maybe his eye was fucked up, so he grabbed ahold of Whittaker's arm in a panic, but Whittaker was behind him, so he was able to maintain control pretty easily, pressing Hall up against the cage. I thought Hall was about to get stopped, but then he broke free, and started beating the shit out of Whittaker, landing multiple head kicks, and working some knees from the clinch. By the end of the fight, they were both just going for it, trying to run over each other, but they were both hurt enough to where it became unclear who was really winning in my opinion. In the end, I guess you'd have to give the fight to Whittaker, but MAN, Hall put up a good fight. All 3 judges gave the fight to Whittaker, and two of them gave him all 3 rounds.
90.0
KO (Punches)
0:44
      Huh... That was pretty crazy. This was a pretty good matchup, but I really thought Tavares would come into this one with a vengeance, but he sort of got his ass beat, and he even got knocked the fuck out in under a minute. Robert Whittaker landed some good crisp punches, knocking Tavares down twice, and the second time he followed it up with some punches on the ground, that put Tavares to sleep. Awesome win for Whittaker, and this might just push him into the Top 10 at 185. 3-0 is a pretty nice winning streak in the middleweight division.
92.0
TKO (Knee & Punches)
7:43
      That was a pretty awesome fight. Both of these guys went crazy for two rounds, with Clint Hester winning the majority of the exchanges (I thought), but then Whittaker was able to get in dominant positions in both rounds, the first round, he nearly finished Hester with some ground & pound, but ended up getting beat up some more once Hester got back up. The second round was fun to watch, but Hester started to slow down a little bit, and Whittaker was able to capitalize on that, knocking Hester to the ground with a knee to the body, followed by a series of punches that finished the fight. Really great fight by both guys, and congrats to Whittaker for a hard fought win against a guy that was previously undefeated in the UFC.
85.6
Decision
15:00
      This fight was pretty much what I expected out of it, a couple of guys that probably aren't even in the Top 100 at 170, sparring with each other for 15 minutes. I gave the first & third rounds to Whittaker for sure, he just seemed to land more strikes, seemed a little more aggressive, and secured a REALLY NICE takedown in the third round (but didn't do any damage once they hit the ground). Rhodes secured a weak takedown in the second round, and got a little more active there, so it was a closer round, but I'm fine with giving all 3 rounds to Whittaker. At least he didn't secure his third loss in a row, that could have been really bad for his UFC career. Rhodes on the other hand, is now 0-2 in the UFC, both fights going to a decision, so I'm not sure how much longer he has left in the big leagues at this point.
89.8
TKO (Punches)
3:43
      This was pretty impressive. Stephen Thompson did a good job throwing punches, countering Whittaker's punches, every time Whittaker would go in to land some strikes, Thompson was nowhere to be found. Eventually, Thompson landed a solid punch that knocked Whittaker to the ground, he jumped on his back, and landed a bunch of big hooks to the side of Whittaker's head, and the referee was forced to stop the fight.
87.7
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty decent fight, mostly just a brawl, both guys moving forward, throwing punches, Whittaker landed some nice elbows that busted up Court's face quite a bit. To be honest, I don't really know who SHOULD have won, but I WANTED Court to win, and two judges gave him the fight, so I'm ok with that. Court McGee wins via split-decision.
90.1
TKO (Punches)
10:41
      This was one of the few fights on this card that I didn't really care about, but man! Robert Whittaker is a pretty impressive striker, even though his stance was kind of weird (right hand up, left hand down by his side), he was able to pick apart Smith in all 3 rounds, and by the third round, Colton Smith's face was BLOODY AS FUCK, and he basically got knocked the fuck out, by a vicious combination of strikes. Robert Whittaker looks pretty legit, and Colton Smith is definitely willing to give it his all, even if he's completely outmatched by his opponent. Really good fight overall.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      This was another TUF finale that went to the decision. Robert Whittaker won the first round, Brad Scott won the second round. Going into the third round, it was a clean slate, and I started to lose interest, until the last minute or so, where Whittaker started going crazy, and just beat the living shit out of Scott for the final 60 seconds. In the end, Whittaker wins the fight via unanimous decision.
90.1
KO (Punches)
1:18
      These guys went back & forth with some heavy punches & knees, both guys were moving forward the entire time, until Whittaker dropped Lucas with a big right hand, and then drilled into his head with a series of heavy left hands, forcing the referee to stop the fight, as Lucas had no idea where he was. That was another fantastic KO finish for Whittaker in under 90 seconds. This guy appears to be a legit killer.
91.0
KO (Punch)
0:19
      Newman came out throwing BOMBS, clearly looking to kill his opponent early, but Whittaker was able to move away, he dropped Newman with a massive right hand, punched him a few more times on the ground while Newman was already asleep, and the fight was stopped in under 20 seconds. That was a fantastic performance by Robert Whittaker.