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Yoel Romero loses out on interim title shot after missing weight for UFC 221

The 40-year-old Cuban fighter will now be unable to win the UFC interim middleweight title tonight against Luke Rockhold.

Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold during the UFC 221 weigh ins at Perth Arena.
Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold during the UFC 221 weigh ins at Perth Arena.
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YOEL ROMERO FAILED to make weight on Friday night, meaning the Cuban will no-longer be able to win the UFC interim middleweight title when he faces Luke Rockhold at UFC 221.

Romero missed the cut by 3.3 pounds at weigh-ins on Friday and failed to make weight when given two hours to reach the limit.

Despite being reportedly angered by the news initially, opponent Rockhold accepted tonight’s fight in Perth after negotiations with UFC officials.

40-year-old Romero accepted the bout with only four weeks’ notice, with Rockhold initially due to fight champion Robert Whittaker, before he was ruled out through injury on 13 January.

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