Whittaker favoured in non-title rematch with Romero for UFC 225

UFC President Dana White talked to the media after the UFC 225 Weigh-in at the United Center in Chicago on Friday, addressing a litany of UFC hot topics.

It was the second time in as many fights that "The Soldier of God" came in heavy for a world championship bout and in spite of the fact that he looked in considerable pain following his weight cut, the fight with Whittaker is going ahead.

Romero was given an hour to lose the weight he needed but failed to make it for the UFC 225 event tomorrow.

Even as the ceremonial weigh-ins got started late on Friday evening, nobody was quite sure of the status of the fight but, after the final face-off, it was confirmed that both Whittaker and Romero would share the Octagon on Saturday night.

The path to UFC 225 has been winding, to say the least.

Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting is reporting that Whittaker is still up for the contest, while Romero's team still has yet to make a decision.

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

Initially, Romero came in at 186 pounds.

Illness forced him out of his first scheduled title defence in Perth in February - and Romero took his place, setting up the rematch with a devastating knockout win. But you can't miss weight twice on two title fights and still think you're running the show.

"But I tell you what, I've got a bag of new tricks that I'm looking forward to bringing out and throwing at him". The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, the UFC's digital streaming network.

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  • Lawrence Cooper