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Yoel Romero misses weight, but the show goes on at UFC 221 in Perth

Cuban will no longer be eligible to win the UFC interim middleweight title after coming in overweight in Perth

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Per Haljestam

The UFC interim middleweight title bout in the main event of UFC 221 in Perth, Australia will go ahead as planned, but only one man will have the chance of walking away with the belt.

That’s because Cuban middleweight contender Yoel Romero dramatically missed weight at the official weigh-ins in Perth earlier today, tipping the scales at 188lbs, a full three pounds over the middleweight championship limit.

Rockhold made weight with no such issues, coming in on the mark at 185lbs and slamming Romero for his lack of professionalism.

Per the rules, Romero was granted a further two hours to lose the remaining weight and weigh in again. But the Cuban failed to make weight at the second and final attempt, coming in at 187.8lbs.

UFC president Dana White suggested via text to ESPN’s MMA reporter Brett Okamoto that the bout could still go ahead, with Rockhold still claiming the interim title if he wins. But if Romero wins, the interim belt will remain vacant.

A deal was later struck between the two camps and the UFC to ensure the main event WILL go ahead. Rockhold will still be crowned interim champion if he wins the fight, but by missing weight, Romero is disqualified from winning the title.

In addition, Romero will forfeit 30% of his fight purse to Rockhold. Based on Romero’s fighter pay of $350,000 from his last fight, that means Rockhold will pocket an additional $105,000 for the bout.

The remaining fighters on the UFC 221 card all made weight successfully for their respective bouts, though Brazilian flyweight Jussier Formiga did need a second attempt to make weight after coming in slightly over on his first stint at the scale.

Freelance sports writer and MMA reporter with 19 years’ experience in the UK's national media covering major sporting events including the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, Olympic Games, UFC world title fights, The Grand National and The FA Cup Final.

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