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

Yoel Romero Robert Whittaker

No title fight for the main event but talks are ongoing about salvaging the fight.

In the second round, a Whittaker left hand caused some awful swelling on Romero's right eye. Maybe some of that is due to his quirkiness and unpredictability, both inside the Octagon and out.

He was scheduled to fight for the UFC Middleweight title on Saturday against Robert Whittaker. Romero has a history of unusual behavior, and missing weight for a championship fight felt like something that was right in his wheelhouse. But after Romero missed weight Friday, the title will no longer be on the line.

The rest of the fighters on the card also made weight for the Saturday, June 9, event.

Romero came in two-tenths over the 185-pound middleweight limit - the second consecutive bout in which he's failed to make weight.

The main question with the 41-year-old Romero is his cardio, especially since the UFC's recently adopted changes to weigh-ins have created extra challenges for older fighters to make weight. "Chaos" won the fight largely by outdoing dos Anjos at his own game: employing a relentless, hyper-aggressive wrestling attack against the fence in all five rounds, never appearing to allow "RDA" space or time to breathe. The shot seemingly came out of nowhere, after Whittaker had his way in the first two rounds and even closed Romero's right eye with punches.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Whittaker's title defense against Romero at UFC 225. Whittaker would still have the belt, making him something of a lame duck champion. Whittaker has now won nine bouts in a row. Romero then exploded in the third, landing a left and bringing down the champ. Romero continued to throw the kitchen sink at Whittaker but was smashed by a head kick from the champion that punctuated a wickedly violent round that will likely be recognized as one of the best of the year. Whittaker regained control in the fourth, but Romero landed a hard left and right late in the round.

Given that he was competing for the UFC belt, he had to make "championship weight" of 185lbs or under. No promoter in their right mind would have enough trust in Romero to put him back in a title fight. "Forgive me for being crude, but you can go to the bathroom and get rid of that pretty quick".

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