Yoel Romero Misses Weight And Won’t Fight For Championship At UFC225

by Leon Thompson June 10, 2018, 1:15
Yoel Romero Misses Weight And Won’t Fight For Championship At UFC225

But the bout no longer is a title fight after Romero failed to make weight for the second straight time in a title fight.

In what was supposed to be his first title defence, Australia's first UFC champion will face the man he fought and beat in his last outing.

A win in Chicago, even without the belt on the line, should remove any doubts about his credentials as the undisputed king of the division.

Romero earned a third-round KO victory as a plus-150 underdog, but was deemed ineligible to claim the belt after failing to make weight.

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. "Absolutely it's on. (Romero) missed by 0.2 (lbs)", White said on the official weigh-in broadcast.

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Whittaker will handle Romero, dealing him a second loss in the series and allowing him to move on to the next challenge.

When SN talked to Whittaker recently and asked whether he would still take the fight if Romero missed weight again, the middleweight champion, who came in at 185 pounds, made it clear he would not.

"It's very hard. We come here to fight for the title", Romero said. "I'm refueling and getting ready for a fight".

The UFC 225 headliner is one of a record three bouts featuring Australians on the pay-per-view main card.

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