Whittaker Makes the Mark; Romero Does Not

Kristopher Nichols
June 10, 2018

And the commission... made this mistake."We want to fight for the title. Everything goes on as usual", UFC president Dana White said.

Romero was over the 185 pound (83.9kg) limit at the first weigh-in by a pound and came within 90 grams of making the weight a second time.

The two combatants met at UFC 213 last summer for the interim middleweight belt when Whittaker defeated Romero in a closely contested battle via a unanimous decision. Under the rules of the Illinois State Athletic Commission, Romero was allowed two hours to cut one pound.

"Yoel Romero's a hard dude on the best of nights", he said.

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Saturday's UFC 225 main event between champion Robert Whittaker and Romero is moving ahead, with non-title fight status over five rounds. The bout was eventually salvaged.

Earlier in the week, Whittaker was asked whether he would take the fight if Romero missed weight again.

The 27-year-old's lengthy 11-month absence from the octagon resulted from a knee injury that sidelined him for the second half of 2017, and a subsequent staph infection that proved serious enough to force him to withdraw from a scheduled title clash with former champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 221. He jokingly responded that it's a "long flight" from his home in Australia and added, "I'm fighting somebody".

In the co-feature, Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) takes on Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC) for the interim welterweight title. "If you don't make weight, there's no fight".

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