The main event of UFC 221 tonight has a slight twist after all. Both fighters were expected to compete for the interim middleweight gold, but only one can now walk away with the belt.
During the weigh-ins for221, Cuba’s Yoel Romero hit the misfortune button. Following a four week fight notice, Romero could not make weight. He also had an opportunity to make weight on a second attempt on Friday, but still came in over at 187.7 pounds. He needed to make 185. However, if Luke Rockhold wins the fight tonight at UFC 221, he will be the interim champion.
Rockhold responded on the result,
Should have be doing the salsa in the sauna. Some bullshit as usual.
The formerand UFC middleweight champion verbally accepted the fight with Romero earliy Saturday morning. Initially, Rockhold was supposed to take on Robert Whittaker for the official belt, but the champ was forced to withdraw on January 13 due to injury.
UFC 221: Rockhold vs. Romero takes place at the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.