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

Toby Graves
June 10, 2018

At his peak, Whittaker is a well-rounded fighter, combining high-volume striking - especially to opponents' heads - with a strong takedown defense. Romero weighed in twice, coming in at 186 the first time before getting down to 185.2 on his second attempt.

It's going to be an Aussie invasion at UFC 225, with Gold Coast fighter Megan Anderson making her debut against Holly Holm, a former champion best known for knocking out Ronda Rousey in Melbourne in 2015.

"It's very hard. We come here to fight for the title", Romero said. Clearly taking a different strategy in this frame, it was a more aggressive Romero in the opening minutes, though Whittaker adjusted well and started launching big right hands that found their mark.

Romero needed to get down to 185 pounds or less to ensure he could compete for the middleweight strap on Saturday at United Center.

Whittaker's jab and lead hook peppered Romero's face and head, and the low kicks chopped at his base, as well. He even responded at times, with standing elbow strikes that momentarily backed Romero off.

Yoel Romero, left, and Robert Whittaker pose ahead of their 2017 bout. "I don't know why the commission didn't give me two hours". He caught me in the fourth and fifth and I was just trying to survive. I thought I controlled three of the five rounds, but he did drop me. But all parties make it to the ceremonial weigh-in, where UFC President Dana White confirms that Whittaker and Romero will indeed rematch.

"It is my humble opinion I did not lose tonight", Romero said. "Look, if you don't make weight, you're breaching a contract straight up". Whittaker has now won nine bouts in a row.

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