CHICAGO — The biggest story heading into the UFC 225 middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero was whether the latter would be able to make the championship weight of 185 pounds.
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.
Because of failed to make weight, Romero will not be eligible to win the title. UFC officials have told Sporting News that it is unknown whether the bout will still happen.
.@YoelRomeroMMA comes in at 185.2. No comment yet from the UFC on the status of the fight. #UFC225 pic.twitter.com/0XFniKrxId
— Steven Muehlhausen (@SMuehlhausenMMA) June 8, 2018
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.
“There wouldn’t be a fight,” Whittaker said. “Why would I? I might as well fight someone heavier than me. What does it matter if you are not going to make weight? If you don’t make weight, there’s no fight.”
Initially, Romero came in at 186 pounds. Under the rules of the Illinois State Athletic Commission, Romero was allowed two hours to cut one pound.
Romero was supposed to fight Luke Rockhold for the interim middleweight title at UFC 221. He missed the mark by 3.7 pounds.
Stay tuned in to Sporting News on the status of the fight.
Update: A UFC official confirmed to Sporting News the fight is still on. The fight will stay in the main event position and be a five-round affair.
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