Whittaker Makes the Mark; Romero Does Not

Whittaker Makes the Mark; Romero Does Not

Whittaker Makes the Mark; Romero Does Not

It was the second time in as many fights that "The Soldier of God" came in heavy for a world championship bout and in spite of the fact that he looked in considerable pain following his weight cut, the fight with Whittaker is going ahead.

Robert Whittaker was not 100 percent physically when he defeated Yoel Romero in their first fight 11 months ago, which is something to keep in mind when sizing up the rematch on Saturday.

"We came here to fight for the title", Romero said after the ceremonial weigh-ins, where he received a chorus of boos from the local crowd "I came here for the title fight".

Romero, 41, did his best to do just that.

Whittaker's jab and lead hook peppered Romero's face and head, and the low kicks chopped at his base, as well. He rocked Whittaker with a right hand.

Romero needed to get down to 185 pounds or less to ensure he could compete for the middleweight strap on Saturday at United Center.

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A decision has been made regarding Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero II. I don't even know how that's [missing weight] a thing?

"He hits like a truck", Whittaker said.

Romero, a former Olympic silver medalist in wrestling for Cuba, did not make a huge fuss over the score, but did admit he felt he won. But after Romero missed weight Friday, the title will no longer be on the line.

Bisping continued, saying he believes the Illinois Athletic Commission should have given Romero more time to get down to 185, adding "Forgive me for being crude, but you can go to the bathroom and get rid of that (0.2 pounds) pretty quick".

Whittaker and Romero collided in the main event of UFC 225. Whittaker has now won nine bouts in a row.

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