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The 26 athletes competing on Satuday’s UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 pay-per-view card in Chicago officially weighed in on Friday. The event, which takes place at the United Center, is headlined by a middleweight bout between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero. Whittaker defeated Romero in the first meeting at UFC 213 in July 2017.
Whittaker vs. Romero was supposed to have been for the middleweight title, but Romero failed to make weight, coming up short at 185.2 pounds.
Though the UFC did not make an official announcement that the parties had come to terms to keep the fight intact, the fighters stilled appeared and faced off at the ceremonial weigh-ins as if the bout would still be contested.
Romero explained after stepping off the scale that the commission stopped him about an hour into what was supposed to be a two-hour overtime window to continue cutting weight, saying he didn’t understand why, but no one addressed whether or not a new agreement had been struck to keep the fight intact.
[UPDATE] Shortly after the ceremonial weigh-in, UFC president Dana White said on FS1 that the fight was on, leaving little to doubt.
Tune in to MMAWeekly.com for full UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 Live Results on Saturday, June 9. The first bout is slated to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET / 3:15 p.m. PT. UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker faces Yoel Romero in the main event rematch.