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Yoel Romero Misses Weight, Will Not Be Eligible To Win Interim Title At UFC 221

If Yoel Romero beats Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in Perth, Western Australia early on Sunday morning, he will not be crowned interim middleweight champion.

Romero lost the right to compete for the title just a few hours ago after he failed to make the middleweight championship limit of 185lbs at weigh-ins. The Cuban, who took the bout on short-notice after the withdrawal of undisputed champion Robert Whittaker, first jumped on the scales at 188.3lbs but he was given a further two hours to cut the excess 3.3lbs. When he returned to the scales, however, Romero was still 2.7lbs overweight.

The fight will still go ahead, with only Rockhold, who weighed in at exactly 185lbs, eligible to claim the gold.

There was a nervy couple of hours following Romero’s weigh-in though, as the UFC negotiated with Rockhold in an effort to save the show. According to MMAFighting reporter Ariel Helwani, the promotion was unable to finalize a deal with the former middleweight champion at the arena, but they resumed negotiations back at the fighter hotel some time later and an agreement was eventually reached.

At UFC 221, Yoel Romero will be fighting for the first time since July of 2017, when he failed in a bid to claim the interim middleweight title at UFC 213. ‘The Soldier of God’ lost a unanimous decision to Robert Whittaker, who has since been promoted from interim to undisputed champion.

Luke Rockhold has only fought once since he lost the middleweight title via a shocking first-round KO defeat to Michael Bisping in June of 2016. He finished former two-weight WSOF champion David Branch in the second round of the UFC Fight Night 116 main event back in September.

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