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Yoel Romero Misses Weight And Won’t Fight For Championship At UFC225

10 June, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Romero originally weighed in at 186 pounds and had two hours to cut to make championship weight. Punk last fought back in September 2016, losing via submission to Mickey Gall at 2:14 in the first round at UFC 203.

Because of failing to make weight, Romero will not be eligible to win the title.

The two combatants met at UFC 213 last summer for the interim middleweight belt when Whittaker defeated Romero in a closely contested battle via a unanimous decision. Romero knocked out Rockhold in the second round.

This is the second consecutive fight in which Romero has missed weight.

Whittaker said: "I have a great team and a great staff". His run also featured six knockout victories and four bonuses, including the Performance of the Night following his third-round KO of former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman that paid out on plus-175 odds at UFC 205.

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He said after Practice Two: "I would say that Mercedes' pace was really fast today. I think if I get any more I might headbutt someone".

"I can't disrespect him in that regard even for a second and look past him otherwise I'll lose in that instant".

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.

Chief among the issues was Saturday's UFC 225 main event.

"I don't think he can change that drastically at his age and in this little amount of time before the fight", he said.

Breakout Sydney heavyweight Tai Tuivasa (7-0) faces his toughest test yet in Andrei Arlovski (27-15), a veteran of 25 UFC fights.

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