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. The main event is positioned on top of arguably the most exciting card of action the UFC have put together this year.
In his final attempt and with three minutes to spare, Romero looking worn out and gaunt, came in at 185.2 pounds - becoming the first fighter in UFC history to miss weight in multiple title fights.
No title fight for the main event but talks are ongoing about salvaging the fight. As a result of Romero missing weight, Rockhold could only win the interim title if he won the fight. "Absolutely it's on. (Romero) missed by 0.2 (lbs)", White said on the official weigh-in broadcast.
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Regardless of the minor amount of weight, or what really happened backstage between the Illinois Athletic Commission, Romero, his team and the UFC, this is inexcusable.
"I came for a five round fight, I travelled very far to fight", he said. I don't even know how that's [missing weight] a thing?