UFC 225 main event in tatters as Yoel Romero misses weight... twice

UFC 225 main event in tatters as Yoel Romero misses weight... twice

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker easily hit the mark, but after a hard cut, his opponent, Yoel Romero did not.

Whittaker weighed in bang on the limit.

The card, which is one of the most stacked the promotion has had in some time if all goes off according to plan (that is, everyone makes weight) takes place at United Center in Chicago.

"I don't think he can change that drastically at his age and in this little amount of time before the fight", he said. He was scheduled to fight Luke Rockhold for an interim title at UFC 221 in February but came in at 187.7 pounds.

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"The main event is on". However, Romero is no longer eligible to win the title.

"We came here to fight for the title", Romero said after the ceremonial weigh-ins, where he received a chorus of boos from the local crowd "I came here for the title fight". "Why would I? I might as well fight someone heavier than me".

He didn't have enough for Mike Jackson (1-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), though, who earned a unanimous decision victory over Punk and likely ended the UFC tenure of the former pro wrestling standout. What does it matter if you are not going to make weight? CM Punk comes in with a deeper grappling background than Jackson and that could set him up for the upset in a fight that is highly likely to have an early stoppage. Under the rules of the Illinois State Athletic Commission, Romero was allowed two hours to cut one pound. "I don't know why the commission didn't give me two hours".

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