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

Cuban Romero, who failed to make the limit for his last fight in Perth in February, initially came in just under half a kilogram heavy and had two hours to lose the excess weight.

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In what was supposed to be his first title defence, Australia's first UFC champion will face the man he fought and beat in his last outing.

Because of failing to make weight, Romero will not be eligible to win the title. Romero knocked out Rockhold in the second round.

Despite missing weight, Romero was able to score a knockout win over Rockhold.

Now recovered from a staph infection and a nasty case of chickenpox, Whittaker is ready to get back in the Octagon with the "Soldier of God".

Whittaker said his family helped him get through the rough 11 months.

"Yoel Romero's a hard dude on the best of nights", he said.

"This fight, as far as I'm concerned, I have 25 minutes to try to finish him - and I'm going to use every single second of those minutes to try to achieve that". However, his second attempt had him at 0.2 pounds overweight.

At the time of writing, the terms of the contest are not clear but UFC President Dana White confirmed that the fight will take place while it remains to be seen whether a title will be on the line, whether it will be the main event or how many rounds it will be. "I'm refueling and getting ready for a fight".

According to Okamoto, the UFC is now working with Romero and Whittaker's camps to try to keep the main event together.

Australian Megan Anderson and her featherweight opponent - former bantamweight world champion Holly Holm - each logged the same weight.

  • Stacy Allen