The bout went ahead, with only Rockhold eligible for the title.
On Episode 5 of UFC 225 Embedded, a star-studded media day includes middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, opponent Yoel Romero and former titleholders Holly Holm, Rafael Dos Anjos, Andrei Arlovski, Rashad Evans and Carla Esparza. Yes, he is older now, but he's an experienced athlete when it comes to cutting weight.
Bisping on Romero coming up 0.2 pounds short: "I'm not the first person to jump to Yoel Romero's defense, but I will say this: It's a tricky one". On Friday, he came in at 185.2 for his title fight with Robert Whittaker, forcing it to be a non-title fight affair.
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"I've been preparing for this fight, bro", Whittaker told Romero. "And the commission makes this mistake". That's what we want.
Ten fighters on the card have either been a UFC champion or have fought for a title at some point in their careers.
Now fully healthy, Whittaker will be aiming to lift his professional MMA record to 20-4 with a second straight victory over Romero, the No. 1 contender in the UFC middleweight division.
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At the time of writing, the terms of the contest are not clear but UFC President Dana White confirmed that the fight will take place while it remains to be seen whether a title will be on the line, whether it will be the main event or how many rounds it will be. "I know he looks weak, but he packs some power".
Bisping on what should happen if you miss weight in the UFC: "If you miss weight twice, boom, you're cut from the organization".
UFC main event fights in pay-per-view events have been dropping like flies these past few months and UFC 225 is no different.
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Whittaker fired out more kicks to the legs to start the final round, thought Romero was able to counter with a right hand over the top. Sound off in the comment section below.