ESPN also scored it 48-47 for Whittaker. However, Whittaker bounced back and won the remaining three as the Cuban started to tire in the championship rounds.
When Bisping teased a title defense against Romero and gave him the finger at UFC 205 last November, Romero responded with, "I love you, Mike". I've got to nullify his wrestling with my striking. It's going to be hard for Bisping to fuel his nearly compulsive pre-fight disdain for his next opponent Whittaker.
- White said the plan is for Nunes and Shevchenko to fight at UFC 215 on September 9 in Edmonton. "I'll see you soon, motherf****r".
IT'S the kind of single-minded, level-headed approach that's helped Robert Whittaker get to this point.
As a sweat-clad Romero brings his sparring partners into submission on the gym mats, it's clear Whittaker has a serious fight on his hands.
"The gameplan was always to pepper him and to hurt him", explained Whittaker following the fight.
"We were destined to fight mate, I think it's fate, it really is", Whittaker said, as Bisping approached Joe Rogan and the mic. This game plan could be advantageous against the violently aggressive Nunes, with the champion possessing such a "kill or be killed" attitude that just two of her 18 professional MMA bouts have gone the distance.
Nevertheless, Whittaker powered through, marched Romero down late in the fight, and stole the victory on the scorecards.
Time waits for no one, as the Rolling Stones once said, and UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is currently in the process of proving the now-geriatric rockers right.
The 30-year-old had lost four of his previous five fights, including an interim featherweight title clash with Max Holloway.
- White said the Georges St-Pierre- Michael Bisping ship has sailed.
Given Romero's background, Whittaker needs to avoid a grappling contest that takes him out of his comfort zone and into his opponent's sweet spot.
A frustrated Dana White said Nunes was cleared by doctors and chose to pull out anyway.
Whittaker suffered a knee injury early in the fight, but did his best to disguise it and fought on through the pain.
"I am the undisputed champion of the world", Bisping continued.
Sky Bet's UFC 213 Price Boost: Nunes to win by KO/TKO was 9/4 NOW 11/4! "Going into Romero, I'm prepared to face the best Romero possible".