UFC 225: Australia's Robert Whittaker primed for Yoel Romero fight

Doug Mendoza
June 10, 2018

Robert Whittaker will have to wait to defend his middleweight title after his bout against Yoel Romero was axed to a non-title fight after the challenger failed to make the weight.

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Now fully healthy, Whittaker will be aiming to lift his professional MMA record to 20-4 with a second straight victory over Romero, the No. 1 contender in the UFC middleweight division.

"I've been preparing for this fight, bro", Whittaker told Romero. However, Romero is no longer eligible to win the title. What does it matter if you are not going to make weight?

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Initially, Romero came in at 186 pounds. Romero said the commission ended up giving him just one hour, not two, to cut to the weight limit, and he received no explanation for the shortened opportunity. I don't even know how that's [missing weight] a thing?

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