Yoel Romero fined for missing weight, but today's UFC 221 headliner is a go

10 February 2018

Yoel Romero’s paycheck will be a little lighter, but his headliner at today’s UFC 221 event is a go.

On Friday evening (U.S. time), Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) missed weight for his bout with Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC). He initially weighed 188 pounds but got down to only 187.7 with a two-hour allotment.

Although he officially missed weight for the pay-per-view headliner, which takes place at Perth Arena in Australia, the fight will go on. However, only Rockhold, who made the 185-pound limit for the championship bout, is eligible to win the interim middleweight bout; even with a victory, Romero faces non-title stakes.

Additionally, Romero will forfeit 30 percent of his purse, which goes to Rockhold, as ESPN.com‘s Brett Okamoto first reported. Here’s the UFC’s full statement:

After two attempts, Yoel Romero missed weight for his UFC 221 title fight against Luke Rockhold, coming in first at 188 pounds and then 187.7 pounds.

Romero will be fined 30% of his show money, which will go to Rockhold, and the fight at Perth Arena will proceed as scheduled.

The interim UFC middleweight title will only be eligible to be won by Rockhold. Should Romero win, he will not be awarded the title.

Rockhold, who likely negotiated better terms for the fight after Romero missed weight, initially suggested the fight would go on as planned (via Twitter):

However, it apparently wasn’t that easy (via Twitter):

For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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