Yoel Romero Voices Frustration With Commission After Missing Weight

Tonya Becker
June 10, 2018

Maybe some of that is due to his quirkiness and unpredictability, both inside the Octagon and out.

Join us from 10am Sunday (WST) as Australia's Robert Whittaker takes on Yoel Romero in a highly-anticipated UFC middlewight battle.

"I missed weight but the situation is very complicated", Romero said. Romero has a history of unusual behavior, and missing weight for a championship fight felt like something that was right in his wheelhouse.

Ten fighters on the card have either been a UFC champion or have fought for a title at some point in their careers.

Watch all of the UFC 225 fighter weigh-in from the official early morning weigh-in in Chicago. But the fight, however, is still on and will be a five-rounder. It didn't take long for the eye to swell shut and caused Romero to fight with much more urgency. A two punch combination sent Whittaker stumbling back and a hellacious left hook dropped Whittaker like a sack of bricks to the canvas. But Whittaker would manage to escape with his title despite a fifth round that could have been scored 10-8, but wasn't by any of the three judges, and impacted the two scorecards that were 48-47 for Whittaker and the one that was 48-47 for Romero. Whittaker would still have the belt, making him something of a lame duck champion.

The bout went the distance but with no belt on the line.

The third round was one of the best of the year.

Renowned for producing explosive moments after being seemingly passive, Romero did just that in the third to change the momentum of the fight. Nobody should be surprised that it happened again here; Romero sprang to life and hurt Whittaker badly, almost finishing him just as he did Rockhold earlier this year. Whittaker regained control in the fourth, but Romero landed a hard left and right late in the round.

If Romero had won, he would have a win over the champion.

Breakout Sydney heavyweight Tai Tuivasa (7-0) faces his toughest test yet in Andrei Arlovski (27-15), a veteran of 25 UFC fights. It's not only a fight for a fight - I want to fight for the title. What does it matter if you are not going to make weight?

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