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Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero II is going ahead after all

Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero II is going ahead after all

Watch all of the UFC 225 fighter weigh-in from the official early morning weigh-in in Chicago.

In the main event, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) meets Yoel Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) in a rematch.

Romero was given an hour to lose the weight he needed but failed to make it for the UFC 225 event tomorrow.

Yoel Romero has had two chances at UFC middleweight gold this year, and both times he couldn't capitalize on the opportunity by simply making the required weight.

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However, as the ceremonial weigh-ins begun, we quickly learned that the main event would go on but just as a non-title fight.

Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting is reporting that Whittaker is still up for the contest, while Romero's team still has yet to make a decision. Romero won that bout via a knockout, and although he wasn't awarded a belt, he immediately was given a title shot despite his weight cutting issues. On Friday, he came in at 185.2 for his title fight with Robert Whittaker, forcing it to be a non-title fight affair.

Looking significantly worst-for-wear, "The Soldier of God" once again stripped down and weighed in behind a towel.

While Whittaker admits it's a "pain in the arse" to face the same man in consecutive fights, he is not one to pick and choose his opponents. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, the UFC's digital streaming network. "Why would I? I might as well fight someone heavier than me". Romero earned a third-round KO victory as a plus-150 underdog, but was deemed ineligible to claim the belt after failing to make weight.


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