Whittaker has landed at least one knockdown in six of his 12 career UFC fights, while Romero has had at least one in six of his 11 starts in UFC and Strikeforce. Maybe some of that is due to his quirkiness and unpredictability, both inside the Octagon and out. Romero, who missed weight on Friday by.2 lbs., will not be eligible to win the title. The fight was originally for the middleweight championship.
The event can remain a PPV, however, as UFC interim welterweight title contenders Rafael Dos Anjos and Colby Covington both made championship weight for their bout. Jackson peppered Punk (0-2) with punches to the face throughout the fight and won in a lacklustre unanimous decision. The Australian fighter has not fought since then.
The UFC takes center stage in Chicago on Saturday night at United Center in one of the most stacked cards in recent memory for UFC 225. Romero uncharacteristically held his hands up in guard for the majority of the round, content to sit back and let Whittaker bring the fight to him, which the champion did. All of 27 years old, Whittaker has mostly solidified himself as the best fighter in a division that has been defined by chaos ever since Anderson Silva's downward spiral began.
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What's next for Whittaker is hard to say, though he admitted that Romero had him rocked near the end of the fight.
At UFC 213, Whittaker gutted out a gruelling 25-minute brawl against Romero with all three judges scoring it 48-47. Whittaker's belt will not be on the line and Romero was fined for coming in at 185.2 pounds his second chance on the scale. Romero knocked out Rockhold in the second round.
If Romero had won, he would have a win over the champion.
Bisping on what should happen if you miss weight in the UFC: "If you miss weight twice, boom, you're cut from the organization". Am I gonna get furious at you because you can't sit through a bad television show?