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

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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. "Absolutely it's on. (Romero) missed by 0.2 (lbs)", White said on the official weigh-in broadcast.

Robert Whittaker will have to wait to defend his middleweight title after his bout against Yoel Romero was axed to a non-title fight after the challenger failed to make the weight.

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This marks the second time in a row that Romero has missed weight for a fight. However, he wasn't able to get to 185 on his second attempt.

Regardless of the minor amount of weight, or what really happened backstage between the Illinois Athletic Commission, Romero, his team and the UFC, this is inexcusable. The bout went ahead, with only Rockhold eligible for the title. Yes, he is older now, but he's an experienced athlete when it comes to cutting weight.

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Now recovered from a staph infection and a nasty case of chickenpox, Whittaker is ready to get back in the Octagon with the "Soldier of God". I didn't want to wrestle for like 5 years and the trial is behind me.

Whittaker will handle Romero, dealing him a second loss in the series and allowing him to move on to the next challenge.

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Whittaker initially won the middleweight title with a unanimous decision defeat of Romero at UFC 217. Or really punish him for missing weight by pushing him down the line of contenders.

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