Whittaker Makes the Mark; Romero Does Not

Whittaker Makes the Mark; Romero Does Not

Whittaker Makes the Mark; Romero Does Not

An interim welterweight title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington will co-headline UFC 225.

CHICAGO - UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero missed weight Friday for his fight against champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 225 on Saturday at United Center.

But Whittaker has agreed to save the main event and face him in a non-title bout.

Even as the ceremonial weigh-ins got started late on Friday evening, nobody was quite sure of the status of the fight but, after the final face-off, it was confirmed that both Whittaker and Romero would share the Octagon on Saturday night.

The 41-year-old Cuban's recent struggles come on the heels of an eight-fight win streak that began with an impressive opening-round KO of Clifford Starks in his promotional debut at UFC on Fox 7 in January 2013.

The two combatants met at UFC 213 last summer for the interim middleweight belt when Whittaker defeated Romero in a closely contested battle via a unanimous decision.

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Initially, Romero came in at 186 pounds. However, that all changed once Romero missed weight.

Illness forced him out of his first scheduled title defence in Perth in February - and Romero took his place, setting up the rematch with a devastating knockout win.

Looking significantly worst-for-wear, "The Soldier of God" once again stripped down and weighed in behind a towel.

Whittaker said: "I have a great team and a great staff". But you can't miss weight twice on two title fights and still think you're running the show.

The UFC 225 headliner is one of a record three bouts featuring Australians on the pay-per-view main card. "I'm refueling and getting ready for a fight".

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