Robert Whittaker is happy to face Yoel Romero in a rematch at UFC 225 but only if the former Olympic silver medalist makes weight.
As Whittaker prepares to face Romero a second time, he’s admittedly concerned after the No. 1 ranked title contender failed to make weight for his last fight against Luke Rockhold that earned him the rematch in June.
Despite missing weight, Romero went onto knockout Rockhold in the third round and the UFC ultimately decided to give him the rematch with Whittaker at UFC 225.
While Whittaker is more than prepared for a second showdown with Romero, he warns the second time title challenger that he needs to hit the mark at 185 pounds or less or they won’t be fighting the next day.
“Nah, no way. Like, why would you?” Whittaker told Submission Radio about fighting Romero if he missed weight. “I don’t understand anyone who takes fights when their opponent doesn’t make weight. It’s like, if you rock up at 87 kilos, which is what Romero did – It was like 86 kilos or something like that – then why don’t I rock up at 95 (kgs)? What’s the difference? We’re both not making weight, we’re both not professional enough to do it, you know? And the weight cut is directly influential to the fight itself. I think not making weight is the most unprofessional thing you can do. It’s as bad as just not showing up for the fight itself.
“So, if you don’t make weight, I’m not fighting you. I’ll give the shot to someone else who can make the weight, who can do their freaking job.”
To his credit, Romero had never missed weight prior to the fight with Rockhold back in February but failing to hit the mark in a title fight obviously has the reigning middleweight champion concerned it could happen again.
Obviously, Whittaker sounds like he’s sticking to his guns, however, when it comes to only facing an opponent who actually makes the weight, which means Romero will need to be at 185 pounds or less when he steps on the scale in Chicago head of their fight on June 9.