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Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero will proceed as UFC 225 main event, but no title at stake

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The UFC 225 main event is on.

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After concern that Yoel Romero’s weight miss could lead to the cancellation of his UFC 225 main event vs. Robert Whittaker, it’s now been confirmed that the two men will square off again on Saturday night in Chicago, IL.

Dana White told Fox Sports that Whittaker vs. Romero “is on,” and MMAjunkie and other news outlets revealed that the bout will proceed as a five-round main event, but because Romero came in .2 lbs over the championship limit of 185, no title is on the line. Robert Whittaker will remain the champion, win, lose, or draw. This also means that Michael Bisping (retired) vs. Georges St-Pierre (not fighting at 185 anymore) is the most recent middleweight title defense.

Combined with the interim title fight miss vs. Luke Rockhold, Romero is the only fighter in UFC history to have multiple failures to make weight for championship bouts, which is astonishing when you consider he entered 2018 having never missed weight before.

It is not yet known what percentage of Romero’s purse will now go to Whittaker as a result of this weight miss.

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