UFC officials had told Sporting News that it is unknown whether the bout will still happen. Now that he is on the sidelines working more and more with FOX Sports, the former UFC middleweight champion remains that way.
Romero was the last of the 26 fighters on the card to hit the scales in Chicago, where the UFC 225 event will take place on Sunday. "I'm refueling and getting ready for a fight". What does it matter if you are not going to make weight? It would make me upset if my opponent missed weight because I believe making weight is half the job; if you don't make 84.5 [kilos, 186lbs] then we're not in the same weight division.
White addressed a number of other topics, including the possibility of former welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre dropping down to lightweight to either challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov for the title or face Conor McGregor in a blockbuster bout.
However, Whittaker posted to Twitter following the weigh-in, with his message all but confirming his intention to fight Romero. Under the rules of the Illinois State Athletic Commission, Romero was allowed two hours to cut one pound. Romero was granted two hours to see if he could lose that last pound but did not show up until 10 minutes before the cut-off point. The former Olympic silver medalist missed weight by over two pounds earlier this year ahead of a planned encounter with Luke Rockhold for the interim belt.