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Sport Romero fails to make championship weight on second attempt for UFC 225 fight with Whittaker

05:05  09 june  2018
05:05  09 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Romero fails to make championship weight on second attempt for UFC 225 fight with Whittaker He was given two attempts , but Yoel Romero failed to weigh in at 185 pounds for his championship rematch with Robert Whittaker at UFC 225 on Saturday in Chicago.

Yoel Romero will not be fighting for the interim UFC middleweight championship at UFC 221 on Saturday night. UFC president later told ESPN's Brett Okamoto via text message, however, “ Romero took this fight on short notice when Whittaker fell out and he didn’t get a full camp.

Yoel Romero et al. posing for the camera© Esther Lin, MMA Fighting After two tries, Yoel Romero will not be competing for the UFC middleweight title on Saturday.

The would-be challenger was granted an extra two hours by the Illinois State Athletic Commission to make weight at Friday’s weigh-ins for UFC 225 in Chicago after coming in heavy on his first attempt for his championship rematch with Robert Whittaker. Clearance from a physician was also required for Romero to attempt a second weigh-in.

Romero initially weighed in at 186 pounds and he came in at 185.2 pounds on his second attempt, making him ineligible to win the title in Saturday’s main event. It is unclear whether the fight will proceed and if so what conditions will be negotiated by the fighters’ teams.

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Yoel Romero will have until 2 p.m. ET to make championship weight for his middleweight title rematch with Robert Whittaker at UFC 225 . Clearance from a physician was also required for Romero to attempt a second weigh -in.

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The 41-year-old Romero also had issues making weight for his interim middleweight title fight with Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 this past February. Stepping in on short notice for an injured Whittaker, Romero was unable to hit the 185-pound mark for that contest in Perth, Australia. The bout proceeded with only Rockhold being eligible to win the interim title, but Romero would go on to defeat him by third-round knockout. Though Romero would not be awarded a championship belt, the outcome earned him a shot at Whittaker.

Whittaker defeated Romero by unanimous decision at UFC 213 last July to claim an interim title that was later promoted to undisputed status.

Monday on The MMA Hour, Romero told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that his weight had never been a concern in the past and he was not expecting it to be an issue for UFC 225.

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With Romero failing to make the required weight , the fight will still go down at UFC 221 on Saturday evening if Rockhold accepts it But when St-Pierre vacated the title shortly after his win over Michael Bisping at UFC 217, that was off the table and Whittaker was awarded the undisputed championship .

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is letting it be known that if Yoel Romero doesn’t make weight , their title fight at UFC 225 won’t happen.

“I don’t make nothing different from what I do every time when I go to the fight,” Romero told Helwani when asked if he felt any extra pressure to make weight. “The problem last time was not having time. That was the only problem.”

“When you have the normal training camp and you miss weight, that’s the big problem,” he continued. “Like, ‘Oh, a mistake!’ But when you know you can’t make the weight because something happened — for example, you’re sick. ‘Okay, I don’t make the weight because I’m sick.’ This is different than when you don’t make the weight because you don’t have discipline, you don’t have the responsibility. That’s different. Or maybe because you can’t go down to this division. That’s different.

“But I do this division for 21 years. I don’t have a problem.”

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