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Massive news rocks Whittaker's UFC title fight

09 June, 2018, 04:57 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker says he is in best shape ever before his UFC return bout with Yoel Romero

UFC main event fights in pay-per-view events have been dropping like flies these past few months and UFC 225 is no different.

It was the second time in as many fights that "The Soldier of God" came in heavy for a world championship bout and in spite of the fact that he looked in considerable pain following his weight cut, the fight with Whittaker is going ahead.

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

Romero needed to strip down naked on his first weigh-in attempt but tipped the scales at 186lbs [one pound over].

Initially, Romero came in at 186 pounds.

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It was better but it still was not good enough - 185.2lbs. It would have been an opportunity for McGregor to win a title in a third weight class - something no UFC fighter has done.

Now fully healthy, Whittaker will be aiming to lift his professional MMA record to 20-4 with a second straight victory over Romero, the No. 1 contender in the UFC middleweight division.

"But it makes me upset".

"I missed weight but the situation is very complicated", Romero said. "It's ridiculous to think about it". Dos Anjos, also a former lightweight champ, ended up being scheduled instead for an interim 170-pound title bout with Colby Covington, though the fight later was moved from the Rio card to this Saturday in Chicago.

Middleweight clearly isn't for him.

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