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Yoel Romero misses weight ahead of UFC 221 main event


UPDATE: Yoel Romero missed weight again, coming in at 187.7 pounds on the second attempt. Only Luke Rockhold will be able to win the interim middleweight title.


It's Friday, which means that there will be some sort of a weight-cutting issue for the UFC.

Yoel Romero just weighed in at 188.3 pounds, three-plus pounds over the 185 limit since it's a championship fight. Right now he's got under two hours to make weight for his interim middleweight championship fight with Luke Rockhold, which is scheduled to be the main event of UFC 221 in Perth, Western Australia on Saturday.

It he fails to make weight, the fight will still go on. In that situation, if Rockhold wins, he will be the interim champion. If Romero wins, there will be no interim champion. What that will mean for Robert Whittaker in that case becomes less clear. Romero could win and still get a shot at Whittaker, but there are also reasons why they could go to someone else in that situation.

Video of the weigh-ins is available to watch below. Romero and Rockhold have a heated staredown a bit after the 31-minute mark: