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Yoel Romero in Chicago

UFC 225 Full Official Weigh-in Video: Whittaker Makes the Mark; Romero Does Not Yoel Romero Misses Weight And Won’t Fight For Championship At UFC225
Rosie Leonard | 10 June, 2018, 09:51

Robert Whittaker kicks Yoel Romero.

In missing weight for UFC 225, Romero became the first fighter in the organisation's history to come in heavy for more than one title fight as the Cuban wrestler weighed in at 187.7lbs for his interim title fight with Luke Rockhold in February. Whittaker's belt will not be on the line and Romero was fined for coming in at 185.2 pounds his second chance on the scale. It didn't take long for the eye to swell shut and caused Romero to fight with much more urgency. Whittaker will handle Romero, dealing him a second loss in the series and allowing him to move on to the next challenge.

Whittaker-Romero still should be a scintillating headliner. "Making weight sucks. But you can't miss weight twice on two title fights and still think you're running the show".

"It's going to be a five-round fight". Romero won via third round knockout. Romero is calculating with his strikes, and when he lands one, it hurts.

At UFC 213, Whittaker gutted out a gruelling 25-minute brawl against Romero with all three judges scoring it 48-47.

Even as the ceremonial weigh-ins got started late on Friday evening, nobody was quite sure of the status of the fight but, after the final face-off, it was confirmed that both Whittaker and Romero would share the Octagon on Saturday night. Now that he is on the sidelines working more and more with FOX Sports, the former UFC middleweight champion remains that way. In the co-main event, Colby Covington (14-1) defeated Rafael dos Anjos (28-10) for the interim welterweight championship in a unanimous decision. Holly Holm (12-4), former bantamweight champ, was impressive with her pound and ground game beating Megan Anderson (8-3) in a unanimous decision.

In the opener on the main card, welterweight Mike Jackson (-200) is favored against CM Punk (+170) in a matchup that is as blank a slate as it gets, due to each man's inexperience in UFC. And no fighter has ever missed weight for two title fights.

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