Whittaker will handle Romero, dealing him a second loss in the series and allowing him to move on to the next challenge. From the casual observer drawn in by the big name to the purist attracted to great tactical fights to the action-seeker wanting fireworks from the opening bell, the UFC has its fan base covered. Maybe some of that is due to his quirkiness and unpredictability, both inside the Octagon and out. The fight was originally for the middleweight championship. But then, it was a championship fight; fighters just don't miss weight for title fights. As previously reported, Romero failed to make weight for the fight.
Earlier in the week, Whittaker was asked whether he would take the fight if Romero missed weight again. He fought on the national wrestling scene for years before transitioning into MMA. The shot seemingly came out of nowhere, after Whittaker had his way in the first two rounds and even closed Romero's right eye with punches. The main event is positioned on top of arguably the most exciting card of action the UFC have put together this year. Whittaker would still have the belt, making him something of a lame duck champion. His bout with Robert Whittaker will now be a non-title match. Romero won via third round knockout. Romero knocked out Rockhold in the second round.
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Whittaker, of Australia, survived the third, despite an onslaught of offense from Romero.
If Romero had won, he would have a win over the champion. "If you don't make weight, there's no fight". It's not only a fight for a fight - I want to fight for the title. The Illinois State Athletic Commission afforded him two additional hours to make the 185-pound weight limit, but Romero came up short at 185.2 pounds.
I'm hesitant to throw fighters under the bus for missing weight.