Dana White Confirms Whittaker Vs. Romero 2 Will Continue As Non-Title Fight

UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero missed weight for a title fight against Robert Whittaker this Friday morning, came in at 186 pounds on his first attempt, over championship limit. The Illinois State Athletic Commission granted him extra two-hours to shed that pound, but “Soldier of God” came up short at 185.2 pounds.

Despite the scale failure, both fighters appeared at the ceremonial weigh-ins and faced off later on Friday.

Later UFC president Dana White confirms with Fox Sports 1 that fight will continue as it is, but it will be a non-title bout. Romero becomes the first fighter in UFC history to failed weight for a championship fight on multiple occasions. Romero unable to win the title whether he wins or loses.

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Champion Whittaker, who already defeated Romero via decision in their first meeting at UFC 213 to earn the interim title (later crowned the undisputed champion), wants to finish “Soldier of God” and prove that he is the best middleweight on the planet.

Whittaker’s manager Titus Day caught up with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani earlier today to discuss the situation:

Who do you think between them will come out victorious?

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