Yoel Romero has an idea for his next fight.
Romero, who on Saturday knocked out Luke Rockhold to become the No. 1 contender in the UFC’s middleweight division, is hoping to fight middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in Miami later this year, according to his team. Romero’s management recently pitched the idea to the UFC and were told there is interest, however, we’re a ways away from anything being finalized.
What is clear at this juncture is that, regardless of the fact that he missed weight prior to UFC 221, Romero is next line in for Whittaker. Multiple sources have confirmed that to MMA Fighting, after UFC president Dana White did the same to ESPN.
Romero arrived back home from Perth, Western Australia, on Tuesday, and, according to his team, he’s already off crutches after suffering a deep shin bruise in his fight against Rockhold.
Next week’s UFC card in Orlando, Fla., will mark the promotion’s 11th in the Sunshine State, though, they’ve only visited Miami once in their almost 25-year history, and the card did not draw well.
According to reports, UFC 42, headlined by Matt Hughes vs. Sean Sherk for the welterweight title, only drew 6,700 fans at the American Airlines Arena, home of the NBA’s Miami Heat.
Romero and his team believe a card headlined by the Cuban, who resides in South Florida, would dispel the myth that the UFC can’t draw in Miami.
Whittaker defeated Romero via unanimous decision last July to capture the UFC interim middleweight title. He has since been named the division’s undisputed champion.