Whittaker favoured in non-title rematch with Romero for UFC 225

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UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker easily hit the mark, but after a hard cut, his opponent, Yoel Romero did not. Whittaker's belt will not be on the line and Romero was fined for coming in at 185.2 pounds his second chance on the scale.

The event can remain a PPV, however, as UFC interim welterweight title contenders Rafael Dos Anjos and Colby Covington both made championship weight for their bout. He also missed weight for his interim middleweight title fight against former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold that served as the main event of the UFC 221 pay-per-view event at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.

Given that he was competing for the UFC belt, he had to make "championship weight" of 185lbs or under.

The fight will still take place, and Whittaker will retain his title if he wins. It's not only a fight for a fight - I want to fight for the title.

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Whittaker, who claimed a unanimous decision over Romero last July, was asked earlier this week about the recent spate of missed weights among his UFC peers. What does it matter if you are not going to make weight?

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"I came for a five round fight, I travelled very far to fight", he said. Romero said the commission ended up giving him just one hour, not two, to cut to the weight limit, and he received no explanation for the shortened opportunity. "And number two, no, I would not go".