Earlier this week, The UFC announced that Yoel Romero is going to face Robert Whittaker for the interim middleweight title at UFC 213. This announcement generated a substantial amount of buzz among hardcore fans as well as the media because the fight is believed to be a close contest. However one can argue that Romero is a horrible stylistic matchup for Whittaker; thus it won’t be close. This is because, throughout his UFC career, Robert Whittaker has shown a tendency to regularly throw or faint the left jab in an attempt to get the opponent to block the punch. If the opponent decides to stand still and prevents the combination, it gives him a small window of opportunity to close the distance and land power punches. During the small window, he will repeatedly throw an overhand or straight left/right with intentions of knocking out or severely hurting the opposition. However, this strategy can put him in real danger because Whittaker has a habit of twisting his body or leaning to the side while throwing power punches. As a result, he ends up being off balance after throwing the punch, which leaves him vulnerable to a takedown or a counter.
Therefore, Robert Whittaker’s fighting style should cost him the fight against Yoel Romero. This is because Romero can exploit Robert’s habit of twisting his body or leaning to the side while throwing power punches in several different ways. For example, if Romero senses that Whittaker is about to throw a power punch, he can slide out of striking range or duck under the punch to avoid getting hit. As a result, Whittaker should be off balance, which gives Romero a chance to shoot for a takedown. On the other hand, Romero can circle out to the right when Whittaker is about to throw a punch and counter with a straight left.