UFC releases official statement regarding tonight’s Romero vs. Whittaker main event
10 June, 2018, 09:53 | Author: Sheri Evans
Romero was supposed to fight Luke Rockhold for the interim middleweight title at UFC 221.
At the end of the day, it wouldn't have mattered if the belt were on the line because the judges, while seeing it as a razor-thin fight, scored a split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) in favor of Whittaker, who was not at risk of losing his belt, even if he had lost the fight.
The main event at UFC 225 has been thrown into serious doubt after Cuban challenger Yoel Romero twice missed weight for his slated middleweight title fight with Robert Whittaker.
Romero, who also failed to make the limit for his last fight in Perth in February, will have to hand over a percentage of his purse to Whittaker. He won in the way he often wins, which is to say he looked bored and perhaps just a little bit sleepy right up until the moment he turned into Incredible Hulk Romero and left Rockhold on the canvas, trying to claw his way back to consciousness.
Whittaker opened strong, immediately attacking Romero's lead leg with side kicks before establishing a solid jab.
The fight was in jeopardy when Romero missed weight at 185 pounds Friday morning. Tuivasa, age 25, has won all seven of his pro fights by knockout or TKO, but the 39-year-old Arlovski will be his toughest opponent yet.
"It's very hard. We come here to fight for the title", Romero said.
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.
Romero landed several other strikes, but Whittaker survived and landed a few of his own in an epic round.
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