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UFC 225: Yoel Romero misses weight for title fight with Robert Whittaker

UFC 225: Yoel Romero misses weight for title fight with Robert Whittaker

New Zeland's Robert Whittaker (185) has made championship weight to meet Yoel Romero in one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's biggest pay-per-views in 2018 to date.

Whittaker has landed at least one knockdown in six of his 12 career UFC fights, while Romero has had at least one in six of his 11 starts in UFC and Strikeforce.

Romero was over the 185 pound (83.9kg) limit at the first weigh-in by a pound and came within 90 grams of making the weight a second time.

An interim welterweight title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington will co-headline UFC 225. At his peak, Whittaker is a well-rounded fighter, combining high-volume striking - especially to opponents' heads - with a strong takedown defense. "I'm refueling and getting ready for a fight". However, Romero is no longer eligible to win the title.

"I came for a five round fight, I travelled very far to fight", he said.




If he loses focus, he know he could find himself in line for yet another rematch.

Whittaker, despite being encumbered by a leg injury, won by unanimous decision when the two squared off in the Octagon at UFC 213 in July 2017.

He struggled to take Whittaker down in their first fight, however, and the Australian is not expecting much to change.

"I just don't see it".

Gold Coast fighter Megan Anderson makes her debut against Holly Holm, a former champion best known for knocking out Ronda Rousey in Melbourne in 2015.


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