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Yoel Romero Misses Weight, Screws Us Yet Again

Yoel Romero, the Cuban Olympic wrestler who earned a slot in the main event of UFC 221 tonight by being a badass, has screwed us all yet again.

Yoel Romero missed weight.

That means that the bout, which was against former champ Luke Rockhold for the interim belt, is no longer a championship bout on Romero’s end. If he wins, he gets a “W”; if Rockhold wins, Rockhold gets the interim belt.

For a while there, after Romero capped off his weight cut with an official weight of 188 pounds (185 is the limit), there wasn’t even a main event fight anymore. But Rockhold agreed to face Romero anyway.

Look, fights are all about violence, but that violence means nothing when the stakes aren’t high. You know what makes a bout have high stakes? A championship belt up for grabs. You know what makes a bout lose those high stakes? When it’s no longer a championship bout for all parties involved.

Our boy Luke sums it all up perfectly in a tweet:

Thankfully, Rockhold agreed to still face Romero, so UFC 221 still has a main event.

So where does this leave us with Romero?

In a bad place. Homeboy is an explosive finisher, as evidenced by him taking out former champ Chris Weidman at UFC 205. We love those kinds of fighters. But here are all the ways that Romero has been shady as hell:

  • When he fought Tim Kennedy at UFC 178, he was very nearly finished, but somehow weaseled his way to get extra time to recover via his cornerman not leaving the cage quick enough.
  • He loves to fail drug tests.
  • Did I mention his problem with drug tests?

Romero failed in his bid to win the interim middleweight title once already, courtesy of Rob Whittaker’s unerring striking and unwavering game plan. But with Whittaker sidelined by injuries, this UFC 221 main event bout was supposed to be important.

Now whatever happens is overshadowed by Yoel Romero letting us down.

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Update: Romero Officially Misses Weight For UFC 221 Title Fight

Update (1:33 a.m.):

According to reports by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor, Luke Rockhold has agreed to fight Yoel Romero after all and keep UFC 221’s main event in tact.

Update (12:21 a.m):

Romero has failed his second attempt to make the 185-pound benchmark for his interim UFC middleweight title fight with Luke Rockhold later today (Sat., Feb. 10, 2018) at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia.

“Solider of God” ended his cut at 187.7 pounds. Check out his final weigh in above courtesy of Submission Radio.

What makes matters worse is that Rockhold has yet to agree to fight Romero at his heavier weight, essentially putting the PPV main event in limbo. And even if Rockhold agrees to step inside of the cage, Romero would be ineligible to win the interim title after missing weight.


Things can never go smoothly when it comes to a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event, so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise earlier tonight (Fri., Feb. 9, 2018) at the UFC 221 weigh ins in Perth, Australia, when Yoel Romero came in at 188.3 pounds for his main event interim middleweight title fight against Luke Rockhold.

Romero will have his allotted two hour time slot to drop the final pounds and match the same 185-pound benchmark that Rockhold hit.

For complete UFC 221 weigh ins results click here.

While “Soldier of God” looks like a light heavyweight competing in a class far from his natural weight, he has never had trouble making 185 pounds. That successful streak spans nine UFC appearances, including a five-round title fight just seven months ago that required Romero to hit the middleweight mark.

For now, Romero will relinquish his ability to win the interim middleweight title tomorrow live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Perth Arena. Rockhold is still in play, but if “Soldier of God” is victorious, current champion Robert Whittaker will be the only one in the division with UFC gold.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 221 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

Stick with Mania for ongoing updates on Romero’s final cut.

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Invicta FC 27 Weigh-in Video & Results: Co-Headliner Pannie Kianzad Misses Mark

Sarah Kaufman has returned to old stomping grounds.
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Kevin Lee Scares Us All, Almost Misses Weight

There was high drama at the weigh-ins for UFC 216 yesterday, with main event fighter Kevin Lee stepping on the scale for his interim lightweight title bout against Tony Ferguson and weighing in at 156 pounds. Since it’s a title fight, Lee had to be no more than 155 pounds. Lee had an additional hour […]

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Kevin Lee misses weight for UFC 216, interim title fight against Tony Ferguson in limbo

When it rains, it fucking pours.

Not long after word came that Nik Lentz was unable to make it to the scale, forcing the cancellation of his Will Brooks fight, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Kevin Lee missed the 155-pound mark for his interim title fight against Tony Ferguson.

“El Cucuy” was on point at 155 pounds (complete UFC 216 weigh in results here), while Lee tipped the scale at 156 pounds.

Because the UFC 216 headliner is for the substitute strap, it’s bound by the championship ruleset; meaning, there is no one-pound allowance at weigh ins and “Motown Phenom” is required to make the 155-pound mark. Lee has one hour to make the weight.

Sorry, no Canadian loopholes here in Las Vegas.

The UFC 216 pay-per-view (PPV) event takes place tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 7, 2017) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, with preliminary bouts on FX and the UFC Fight Pass digital network.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 216 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

To see the current UFC 216 fight card and line up click here.

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UFC Fight Night 114 Weigh-in Results: Alexa Grasso Misses Mark on Scale

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will head back to Mexico City on Saturday with another event loaded with all sorts of mixed martial arts action.
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UFC Fight Night 114 Weigh-in Results: Alexa Grasso Misses Mark on Scale

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will head back to Mexico City on Saturday with another event loaded with all sorts of mixed martial arts action.
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Bellator 177 weigh in results: Leandro Higo misses weight, ‘DuDu’ bout changed to non-title fight

The weigh ins for the Bellator 177: “Dantas vs. Higo” event took place earlier today (Thurs., April 14, 2017) for tomorrow night’s main event (among others), where reigning champion Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas faces Leandro “Pitbull” Higo.

Due to Higo missing the contracted weight for their title fight, the main event has now been changed to a three round non-title fight. Full weigh in results are available below.

Bellator 177: “Dantas vs. Higo” (Spike TV):

Eduardo Dantas (134.6) vs. Leandro Higo (139.0)
Daniel Weichel (145.0) vs. John Teixeira (145.6)
Lena Ovchynnikova (124.6) vs. Helen Harper (126.2)
Anthony Taylor (147.4) vs. Adam Borics (144.4)

Bellator Kickboxing 6 (Spike TV):

Zoltan Laszak (166.1) vs. Karim Ghajji (168.7)
Joe Schilling (187.8) vs. Alexandru Negrea (186.5)
Raymond Daniels (170.2) vs. Csaba Gyorfi (167.6)
Jorina Baars (142.7) vs. Irene Martens (140.5)
Gabriel Varga (145.4) vs. Gabor Gorbics (145)

MMAmania.com will deliver coverage of Bellator 177: “Dantas vs. Higo” tomorrow (Fri., Apr. 14, 2017), with the televised portion airing on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.

See you then!

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Leandro Higo misses weight, Bellator 177 main event now a non-title fight vs. Eduardo Dantas

Eduardo Dantas’ belt will not be on the line at Bellator 177.

The Bellator bantamweight champion successfully made weight for Friday’s event in Budapest, Hungary, but his opponent, Leandro Higo, missed weight by four pounds, MMA Fighting has confirmed following a tweet by Jason Floyd.

Dantas made weight at 134.6 pounds, and the fight will go on as a three-round catchweight bout.

Higo (17-2), a former RFA and LFA bantamweight champion who is set to make his promotional debut, replaced injured Darrion Caldwell on one month’s notice against the champion.

“Dudu” (19-4) was looking to defend the 135-pound title for the second time in his second run as champion. This bout marks the second time Dantas has to face an overweight opponent in Bellator. Back in May 2015, Mike Richman came in at 139.2 pounds at Bellator 137.

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CSAC to fine win bonus, in addition to show money, if fighter misses weight

LOS ANGELES — MMA’s weight-cutting and severe dehydration problem is persisting. So is the search for new solutions.

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has enacted a new rule that will fine a fighter’s win bonus in addition to his or her show money when that fighter misses weight, executive officer Andy Foster said at a commission meeting Tuesday.

Foster has the ability to make the change administratively in language added to fighter bout agreements and he informed the commissioners about the alteration Tuesday. Foster told MMA Fighting the change would be implemented as soon as he can get new contracts drafted.

Previously, CSAC fined fighters 20 percent for missing weight, with the money coming out of their show money only. Half of that percentage went to the opponent and the other half went to the commission. Now, in addition to that, a fighter who misses weight will have his or her win bonus fined 20 percent, with that full total going to the opponent. The win bonus fine will only come into play, of course, if the fighter who misses weight is victorious in the bout.

Foster said the win bonus in MMA should be treated as part of the purse by the commission in these circumstances, adding that just a 20-percent fine of the show money is “not enough deterrent” for fighters to make weight. He added that giving more money to the opponent who makes weight and then loses to a fighter who missed weight would hopefully “take some sting off them.”

In addition to that change, a host of potential new provisions to combat extreme weight cutting were discussed. CSAC chairman John Carvelli launched a sub-committee to further go over possible changes to California regulations with weight cutting in mind. Carvelli told MMA Fighting that he expects the sub-committee to come up with a package of rules for the commission’s next meeting, May 16 in Costa Mesa.

Among the potential proposals brought up by Foster on Tuesday were licensing fighters by weight class with additions to the licensing application; random weight checks; asking fighters whether they have ever missed weight before in the application questionnaire; and having promotion matchmakers submit the weights of the fighter to the commission when the bout is signed. Also, an increase in the 20-percent fine on fighters who miss weight was mentioned.

On the license application, Foster said he would ask fighters what their lowest desired weight class would be, and if they get booked into a fight at a lower division than that, they would need a doctor’s clearance. The ringside physician at the event would also be able to use the weight the fighter was at during the licensing examination (usually months earlier), in addition to typical medical procedures, to determine if he or she undertook an extreme weight cut.

“Often times, fighters are hydrated and they have not weight cut for the licensing physical,” Foster said. “They often walk into the licensing room to the doctor at what they walk around at.”

Foster, who is the chairman of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) medical committee, said that committee would also address the addition of weight classes for a second straight year. New weight classifications (125 pounds, 135, 145, 155, 165, 175, 185, 195, 205, 225, heavyweight) were recommended last year by both the ABC medical committee and the MMA rules and regulations committee, but were tabled in part because they didn’t have the full support of promoters.

“Fighters are gonna take every advantage they possibly can,” said Foster, who was a professional MMA fighter for three years. “They’re looking at us to help them. They’re not wanting to cut 30 pounds. They don’t want to do that. The only reason they’re doing that is because their opponent is gonna do it.”

CSAC commissioner Luis Ayala brought up the possibility of doing a weigh-in the same day as the event with the hopes to curtail a drastic weight cut. That has been discussed by other commissions, but doctors and other experts fear some fighters will still cut weight and then go into the cage dehydrated, leaving them more susceptible to traumatic brain injury, among other things.

Dr. Vernon Williams, a neurologist who sits on the California commission, said the major problem with cutting weight is that it is ingrained in the culture of mixed martial arts, even though the advantage it has — the feeling that being the bigger fighter in the cage is better — is debatable, if not outright medically and scientifically incorrect.

“It’s really difficult to fight culture,” said Williams, who recommended more education for athletes. “Once something is ingrained, everybody just believes that’s so.”

CSAC championed the enactment of the early weigh-in last year and eventually passed it as a rule after discussions at a weight-cutting summit in December 2015. The UFC adopted the early weigh-in across the board beginning in June 2016.

Holding the weigh-ins in the morning on the day before the event was recommended by doctors because it gives athletes more time to recover from their weight cut before stepping in the cage. It has also allowed fighters to spend less time dehydrated, because the early weigh-ins are being held at the fighter hotel rather than another venue. The primary goal was to keep dehydrated athletes out of the cage, thereby reducing health risk. The vast majority of fighters are in favor of an earlier weigh-in.

However, an unexpected side effect is that exponentially more fighters have missed weight since the advent of the early weigh-in program. Before it began, only one fighter in the UFC missed weight last year. From UFC 199, when it started, until the end of the year, more than a dozen fighters missed weight.

This year already, five UFC fighters have missed weight and three fights have been canceled at the last minute due to complications exacerbated by weight cutting, including the UFC 209 co-main event when lightweight star Khabib Nurmagomedov had to be taken to the hospital.

“I’m concerned about somebody dying in the industry for no good reason,” Foster said. “This is a pointless reason to risk your safety.”

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