Yoel Romero Misses Weight, UFC 225 Fight In Jeopardy
For the second fight in a row, Yoel Romero has missed weight for a title fight, this time in two attempts.
Romero was granted two extra hours on Friday to lose one pound, to make the 185 pound mark for his middleweight title fight against Robert Whittaker at UFC 225.
On the second attempt to be eligible to fight for the title, Romero came in at 185.2 pounds, making him ineligible to win the title in Saturday’s main event. The two camps will now discuss if the fight will proceed, and if there will be any conditions negotiated by each fighter’s team.
The exemption by the Illinois State Athletic Commission requires a physician to clear Romero before going on the scale.
Romero would run into the same issue at UFC 221, where he fought Luke Rockhold for the interim middleweight title. The 41 year old fighter was a short notice replacement for Whittaker, and Romero would be unable to get to 185 pounds. Missing the mark would cost him the interim title, but a knockout of Rockhold opened the doors to Saturday night’s challenge in Chicago.
Romero told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that his weight had never been a concern in the past and he was not an issue for UFC 225.
“I don’t make nothing different from what I do every time when I go to the fight,” Romero told Helwani when asked if he felt any extra pressure to make weight. “The problem last time was not having time. That was the only problem.”
“When you have the normal training camp and you miss weight, that’s the big problem,” he continued.
“Like, ‘Oh, a mistake!’ But when you know you can’t make the weight because something happened — for example, you’re sick. ‘Okay, I don’t make the weight because I’m sick.’ This is different than when you don’t make the weight because you don’t have discipline, you don’t have the responsibility. That’s different. Or maybe because you can’t go down to this division. That’s different.
“But I do this division for 21 years. I don’t have a problem.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting