Yoel Romero Plans To Sue Illinois Athletic Commission
After his claims that he was denied the opportunity to complete his weight cut for UFC 225, Yoel Romero plans to sue the Illinois State Athletic Commission.
During an interview on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Malki Kawa, Romero’s agent confirmed that his client felt the governing body stood in his way at becoming UFC welterweight champion during Friday’s weigh-ins in Chicago.
“We’re gonna sue them,” Kawa said. “I’m gonna send the paperwork soon. It’s going out probably this week.”
Romero would miss weight by just one pound during Friday’s weigh-in for a welterweight title fight against Robert Whittaker, but had two extra hours to make the championship weight limit of 185 pounds.
According to Kawa and Romero, the commission’s director Nancy Illg stopped Romero’s weight cut only one hour into the two hour window. Romero’s camp claims that doctors said the cut could keep going, while illg didn’t feel comfortable letting Romero dehydrate himself any furher.
Romero would end up .2 pounds overweight on his second attempt, cancelling Romero from winning the title if he would beat Whittaker in the UFC 225 main event.
“I don’t know why, but it’s terrible,” Romero said. “It’s a very terrible decision. I had only 45 minutes.”
“The whole plan was to use those two hours,” claims Malki’s brother and Romero’s other agent, Abe Kawa. “So everything we did from that point going forward in the weight cut was to use those extra two hours slotted to us.”
Illg told Abe Kawa that she was making an “administrative call” to end Romero’s cut, and would end up costing Romero’s $50,000 fight of the night bonus and 20% of his purse for missing weight by less than half a pound.
“I’m very professional,” Romero said.
“That’s a decision for the judge. But I know I win. I know 100 percent I win. I know I don’t lose it. End of the day, the people know. The people see what happened. The people can see what’s going on, what happened Saturday night in Chicago. Honestly, I win the fight. But it is what it is.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting