For the second time in as many fights, UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero has come in heavy for a championship matchup.
Romero was the last fighter to step onto the scale at the UFC 225 weigh-ins, and he came in at 186 pounds. That’s normally good if it’s a non-title fight, but seeing as his main event vs. Robert Whittaker is for the middleweight title, he has to be no heavier than 185.
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The Illinois commission allows for two extra hours from the time of his weight miss to shed the excess weight, which means he must be 185 lbs by 1:46 PM ET.
In his previous fight, Romero badly missed against Luke Rockhold for the interim title, weighing 188 pounds. That made him ineligible to win the belt at UFC 221. If Romero can’t make the weight for Saturday night’s event, then this presumably would become a non-title bout, and Whittaker would keep his belt.