Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker are battling for the vacant UFC Interim Middleweight Title in the co-main event of UFC 213.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has fought both before in the UFC and in the end, the Brazilian feels that it is going to be Romero leaving with the gold.
"I think Romero wins this fight,” Souza told MMA Fighting. "He’s stronger, keeps the distance well and is really calm. Robert Whittaker can surprise him and win because he’s really fast for the middleweight division, but I bet on Romero.”
Souza not only fought both fighters, but he lost to both as well. It was Romero who defeated him by decision and it was Whittaker who defeated him by TKO.
No matter who walks away with the gold at UFC 213, the Brazilian is just happy that the interim middleweight title has been created.
"Better late than never,” he said. "Robert Whittaker is a great champion and earned this chance. I’m happy for him. And Romero also proved he deserved it by knocking out (Chris) Weidman. They deserve to fight for the interim belt and then fight Bisping. The division is finally moving now. I’m coming back and will earn my title shot."
UFC 213 takes place on Saturday, July 8 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.