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Middleweight Champ Robert Whittaker Not Interested In Trilogy Against Yoel Romero

Last Saturday at UFC 225 in Chicago, Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Robert Whittaker won a unanimous decision over top contender Yoel Romero in a rematch that many are calling “Fight of the Year.” Because Romero missed the championship weight limit, the fight was not an official title defense, but nonetheless was hailed as an instant classic.
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Middleweight Champ Robert Whittaker Not Interested In Trilogy Against Yoel Romero

Last Saturday at UFC 225 in Chicago, Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Robert Whittaker won a unanimous decision over top contender Yoel Romero in a rematch that many are calling “Fight of the Year.” Because Romero missed the championship weight limit, the fight was not an official title defense, but nonetheless was hailed as an instant classic.
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Middleweight Champ Robert Whittaker Not Interested In Trilogy Against Yoel Romero

Last Saturday at UFC 225 in Chicago, Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Robert Whittaker won a unanimous decision over top contender Yoel Romero in a rematch that many are calling “Fight of the Year.” Because Romero missed the championship weight limit, the fight was not an official title defense, but nonetheless was hailed as an instant classic.
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Dana White Still Believes Yoel Romero Should Move to 205, But, Should UFC Look at Third Fight With Robert Whittaker?

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

If following last night’s headliner at UFC 225 between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, you believe a third fight is in order, well, it looks like that might not happen.

If you watched the contest, then you know it was one of the best middleweight bouts in recent memory. Whittaker outscored Romero in the opening two rounds, but in round three, the latter decked the champ before he recovered and returned fire. Round four was competitive, but round five was pretty much a blow out for Romero, who dropped Whittaker again and appeared to be on the verge of finishing the fight. In fact, many folks have opined that the round should have been scored a 10 – 8 for Romero (via the new scoring rules). None of the judges, however, did so. Whittaker walked away from the bout with a controversial, split decision win.

Well, as you know, even if Romero had been handed the decision, he wouldn’t have been given the belt, since he came in at 185.2 for the fight. It was a repeat from what went down in February, when Romero didn’t secure the interim title after knocking out Luke Rockhold, because he missed weight for that fight as well.

After the card, White was asked if he still believes Romero should move to 205. Prior to the card, the UFC President had said he thinks that’s what the Cuban wrestler should do. White stood by that belief at the post-fight presser.

“Probably a good idea. We’re going to have to talk to him and his team, and it’s probably a good idea for him to go to 205. “

But is this really the route the UFC should go? Should they pass on Whittaker – Romero 3? Considering how last night’s bout unfolded? Yes, Romero missed weight, and he looked horrible after making his second attempt. But, the fighter has insisted his cut was stopped prematurely by the commission. Of course, health concerns need to be monitored here, but has the UFC thoroughly vetted what happened ? To conclude the book should be closed on Romero’s run at 185?

Now, another reason one could make the case for Whittaker – Romero III is due to the state of the middleweight division. When White was asked about the status of Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum, really, the only two 185’ers right now who you could tap for a title fight, he said this:

“Weidman’s still hurt; his hands still messed up. So he’s going to be out for a while longer.”

“No comment on Kelvin Gastelum. He should have been the back-up here tonight when this all went down. He couldn’t do it. He’s got some personal issues that he seriously needs to take care of.”

So, depending on what issue Gastelum is dealing with, perhaps, the former welterweight contender could be a possibility in the not too distant future. But, would that fight draw more views that Whittaker – Romero III? That’s a good question.

At the end of the day, as the news cycle moves on, and Whittaker takes times to recover from a broken hand, calls for a third bout with Romero will have likely diminished. It’s just really unfortunate that Romero missed weight again, as, in a vacuum, a third scrap between the two sounds about right.

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UFC 225 Results: Robert Whittaker Decisions Yoel Romero Again in Non-Title Fight

To beat Yoel Romero, you have to never make a mistake. Chris Weidman learned this the hard way. So did Luke Rockhold. But middleweight champ Robert Whittaker was wise to it all, and defeated Romero by decision at UFC 193 to earn the interim middleweight title.

That interim belt turned into the real belt when Georges St-Pierre retired as champ (after never defending it), and here we are at UFC 225, with Whittaker and Romero going at it again in the main event. Romero failed to make weight, so there’s no belt up for grabs, but whatever.

No mistakes. That’s Whittaker in the first round, as he maintains distance with kicks and scores with punches. The Cuban Olympic wrestler seems content to wait for an opening to counter and explode, but none really come. Ditto for Round 2. Whittaker is playing this one safe, and Romero is a coiled serpent who forgot how to strike.

UFC 225 Results: Robert Whittaker Decisions Yoel Romero Again in Non-Title Fight

To beat Yoel Romero, you have to never make a mistake. Chris Weidman learned this the hard way. So did Luke Rockhold. But middleweight champ Robert Whittaker was wise to it all, and defeated Romero by decision at UFC 193 to earn the interim middleweight title.

That interim belt turned into the real belt when Georges St-Pierre retired as champ (after never defending it), and here we are at UFC 225, with Whittaker and Romero going at it again in the main event. Romero failed to make weight, so there’s no belt up for grabs, but whatever.

No mistakes. That’s Whittaker in the first round, as he maintains distance with kicks and scores with punches. The Cuban Olympic wrestler seems content to wait for an opening to counter and explode, but none really come. Ditto for Round 2. Whittaker is playing this one safe, and Romero is a coiled serpent who forgot how to strike.

Video: Yoel Romero Holds The Record For Missing Weight In Title Fights

Check out this quick video explainer to catch you up on the latest weigh-in craziness at UFC 225.

Mixed martial arts fans are no stranger to last minute injuries, but these days its the scale that seems to be the biggest enemy of fighters making it into the cage. We almost lost our UFC 225 main event between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero because Romero was .2 of a pound over, but fortunately everything has worked out. Yoel Romero is no longer eligible to win the middleweight strap, but the fight will go on for five full rounds at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The whole thing is a bad look for the UFC and Romero. Yoel becomes the first fighter in UFC history to miss weight for multiple title shots – he missed weight at UFC 221 for an interim middleweight fight against Luke Rockhold earlier this year. The UFC probably shouldn’t have let someone unable to make 185 fight for the title, but they did and now they’re reaping the rewards of that decision.

It’s all explained above in this exclusive SBNation video that walks you though the latest weigh-in debacle to hit the UFC.

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UFC 225 Weigh-in Results: Yoel Romero Misses Weight for Title Fight

New Zeland’s Robert Whittaker (185) has made championship weight to meet Yoel Romero in one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s biggest pay-per-views in 2018 to date. Unfortunately, Romero did not hold up his end of the bargain on his first attempt.
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UFC 225 Weigh-in Results: Yoel Romero Misses Weight for Title Fight

New Zeland’s Robert Whittaker (185) has made championship weight to meet Yoel Romero in one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s biggest pay-per-views in 2018 to date. Unfortunately, Romero did not hold up his end of the bargain on his first attempt.
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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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