Rob Whittaker's UFC middleweight title fight abandoned over 90 grams

Yoel Romero Daniel Cormier

Yoel Romero Daniel Cormier

Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero tangle during their previous bout in Las Vegas last July. The fight was marked by Jackson's obvious skill advantage on the feet, though Brooks was repeatedly able to close the distance and force the clinch in spite of the more experienced striker's wishes.

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker easily hit the mark, but after a hard cut, his opponent, Yoel Romero did not. At this time, it is unclear if he will the fight will proceed and what terms might be negotiated if so.

Romero continued to keep his right hand at bay throughout the fight, insinuating that he must have an injured hand, but as Whittaker kept peppering him with jabs, Romero found a home for a powerful left that set up a right hand that rocked the champion yet again just before the horn.

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It was a violent continuation of their 2017 clash that saw Whittaker come away as the UFC middleweight champion.

The fight was in jeopardy when Romero missed weight at 185 pounds Friday morning.

There is no word from the UFC if the fight will proceed and how the purses will be divided. Romero then exploded in the third, landing a left and bringing down the champ.

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Whittaker, of Australia, survived the third, despite an onslaught of offense from Romero.

"It's going to be a five-round fight".

Two judges scored the fight 48-47 to the Australian and their colleague had Romero winning by the same total. In the co-main event, Colby Covington (14-1) defeated Rafael dos Anjos (28-10) for the interim welterweight championship in a unanimous decision. That includes moments with former WWE superstar CM Punk, who tackles Mike Jackson from inside the United Center in Chicago. Anderson, who exited Invicta Fighting Championships on four straight wins, drops her Octagon debut, while Holm rebounded from her last bout, a decision loss to UFC featherweight champion Cristiane Justino. And no fighter has ever missed weight for two title fights.

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