Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero II is going ahead after all

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Yoel Romero failed to make weight Friday for his middleweight title fight against Robert Whittaker at UFC 225.

But Whittaker has agreed to save the main event and face him in a non-title bout.

The 27-year-old's lengthy 11-month absence from the octagon resulted from a knee injury that sidelined him for the second half of 2017, and a subsequent staph infection that proved serious enough to force him to withdraw from a scheduled title clash with former champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 221.

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Despite missing weight, Romero was able to score a knockout win over Rockhold. "Absolutely it's on. (Romero) missed by 0.2 (lbs)", White said on the official weigh-in broadcast.

"I think suspensions are in order, I really do", Whittaker said, per Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole.

While Whittaker admits it's a "pain in the arse" to face the same man in consecutive fights, he is not one to pick and choose his opponents.

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"I can't disrespect him in that regard even for a second and look past him otherwise I'll lose in that instant". And the commission... made this mistake."We want to fight for the title. I'm refueling and getting ready for a fight". Am I gonna get furious at you because you can't sit through a bad television show?

The UFC is in Chicago for today's UFC 225 event.

The lack of depth in the women's featherweight division means a win would put the Australian in title contention.

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Explosive Sydney heavyweight Tai Tuivasa weighed in nearly five and a half kilos heavier than former world champion Andrei Arlovski.

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