Rob Whittaker's UFC middleweight title fight abandoned over 90 grams

Yoel Romero Daniel Cormier

Romero also failed to meet the 185-pound requirement in February for an interim middleweight title fight against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221.

Romero initially came in at 186lbs and was given an additional hour to get down to 185lbs for the much-anticipated rematch but he could only get as low as 185.2lbs, meaning he was ineligible to fight for the title. Although Yoel Romero missed weight, negating any hopes he had at winning the middleweight belt on Saturday, White confirmed that the fight is indeed going to take place, it just won't have Robert Whittaker's middleweight strap on the line.

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.

As a former Olympic wrestler, Romero shouldn't be having trouble making weight. Soldier of God ultimately won that bout via third-round knockout.

"The last fight with him, 25 minutes I was trying to finish him", Whittaker said. However, his second attempt had him at 0.2 pounds overweight.

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.

"I don't think he can change that drastically at his age and in this little amount of time before the fight", he said.

"The main event is on".

Explosive Sydney heavyweight Tai Tuivasa weighed in nearly five and a half kilos heavier than former world champion Andrei Arlovski.



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