UFC middleweight title contender Yoel Romero has been given a chance to fight for a UFC belt twice. Both times, he has missed that opportunity before stepping into the Octagon.
On Friday at UFC 225 weigh-ins Romero missed the weight for a title fight against Robert Whittaker, ‘Soldier of God’ tipped the scales at 186 pounds. He was granted additional two hours to shed that pound to meet the 185 middleweight limit; unfortunately, in his second attempt, he came in at 185.2.
Cuban American also missed weight for his previous showdown against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 back in February for an interim title and became ineligible to win the gold although he won the bout.
After the Ceremonial weigh-ins, Romero told UFC commentator Joe Rogan the local athletic commission had prevented him from using the two hours to shed the extra weight:(Via MMAJunkie)
“I needed two hours, and the commission would only give me one,” said Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who this morning officially came in two-tenths of a pound over the 185-pound limit for a fight against champ Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) on Saturday at United Center in Chicago. “It was the commission’s decision.”
A few hours later, UFC president Dana White confirmed with reporters that bout would go ahead as a non-title fight, which makes Romero unhappy:
“We came here to fight for the title,” he said. “I came here for the title fight. It’s not only a fight for a fight – I want to fight for the title. And the commission … made this mistake.
“We want to fight for the title. That’s what we want. I don’t know what they’re going to do.”
Yoel on the situation pic.twitter.com/h8sNnabMVO
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 9, 2018
However Romero can’t win the title after his botched weight cut, do you think he can score a win tonight?