The UFC middleweight championship will not be on the line Saturday night in Chicago.
After initially failing to make championship weight by one pound, main event title challenger Yoel Romero was given two hours to cut the extra pound in order to be eligible to face Rober Whittaker for his UFC title. Romero initially weighed in at 186 lbs, he’d hit the 185.2 lb mark on his second attempt — coming .2 lbs shy of the 185 lbs limit.
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Romero came in 2.7 lbs heavy earlier this year in Australia when he competed against Luke Rockhold for the interim middleweight championship. The fight would still go on — even though only Rockhold would have been eligible to win the interim strap with victory. Romero would go on to win via a vicious KO early on in the third round, still earning himself a shot at the true gold this coming Saturday.
It’s still unclear whether or not this fight will move forward or if the interim welterweight title bout between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington will be promoted to main event status. Stay tuned for more news in the coming hours.