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

Florence Fletcher
June 10, 2018

The 41-year-old Cuban failed to hit the middleweight championship mark of 185 on Friday, and came in just over on his second attempt.

Romero needed to strip down naked on his first weigh-in attempt but tipped the scales at 186lbs [one pound over].

Whittaker weighed in bang on the limit. All other fighters on the card made weight.

CM Punk has been making headlines all week thanks to his trial with WWE Dr. Chris Amann, and his big fight against Mike Jackson which is set to take place at UFC 225.

In what was supposed to be his first title defence, Australia's first UFC champion will face the man he fought and beat in his last outing.

No title fight for the main event but talks are ongoing about salvaging the fight.

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Given that he was competing for the UFC belt, he had to make "championship weight" of 185lbs or under.

"I missed weight but the situation is very complicated", Romero said.

Whittaker said: "I have a great team and a great staff".

"This fight, as far as I'm concerned, I have 25 minutes to try to finish him - and I'm going to use every single second of those minutes to try to achieve that". CM Punk comes in with a deeper grappling background than Jackson and that could set him up for the upset in a fight that is highly likely to have an early stoppage.

Whittaker, despite being encumbered by a leg injury, won by unanimous decision when the two squared off in the Octagon at UFC 213 in July 2017.

Initially, Romero came in at 186 pounds. I don't even know how that's [missing weight] a thing?

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