Whittaker's title wasn't at stake, as Romero failed to make the weight.
During yesterday's FS2 weigh-in show for UFC 225, newly retired former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping had some harsh words for originally scheduled title challenger Yoel Romero.
Romero dropped Whittaker a second time with a left hand in the fifth - but again, he survived. Romero controlled the third round with a series of combinations, but Whittaker was able to land two significant kicks.
So, for the second consecutive fight, Romero will be in a planned championship bout without the opportunity to claim the title.
Outside of Francis Ngannou, Romero is probably the scariest fighter on the UFC roster. Between the swelling and his lack of conditioning, Romero fought with more urgency in the third round and cut loose a right hand that sent the champion careening to the canvas. Whittaker regained control in the fourth, but Romero landed a hard left and right late in the round.
However, Whittaker posted to Twitter following the weigh-in, with his message all but confirming his intention to fight Romero. Late in the round, Whittaker landed a jab that nearly instantly closed Romero's right eye, but he fought on to the horn.
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