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UFC 225: Yoel Romero misses weight for title fight with Robert Whittaker

UFC 225: Yoel Romero misses weight for title fight with Robert Whittaker

The event can remain a PPV, however, as UFC interim welterweight title contenders Rafael Dos Anjos and Colby Covington both made championship weight for their bout. UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker easily hit the mark, but after a hard cut, his opponent, Yoel Romero did not.

UFC officials had told Sporting News that it is unknown whether the bout will still happen. As it is still the main event, it will remain a five round fight.

Romero weighed in at 186 pounds on his first attempt and was granted an extra two hours to lose the one pound he needed to qualify for Saturday's middleweight title fight. At this time, it is unclear if he will the fight will proceed and what terms might be negotiated if so.

The fight will still take place, and Whittaker will retain his title if he wins.

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"I don't think he can change that drastically at his age and in this little amount of time before the fight", he said. Forgive me for being crude, but you can go to the bathroom and get rid of that pretty quick."If you miss weight twice, boom, you're cut from the organization", Bisping said".

"I missed weight but the situation is very complicated", Romero said.

However, Whittaker posted to Twitter following the weigh-in, with his message all but confirming his intention to fight Romero. The Illinois State Athletic Commission afforded him two additional hours to make the 185-pound weight limit, but Romero came up short at 185.2 pounds. The former Olympic silver medalist missed weight by over two pounds earlier this year ahead of a planned encounter with Luke Rockhold for the interim belt.