Yoel Romero fails to make weight in UFC Perth farce

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Luke Rockhold seems to have ruffled a few feathers within the middleweight division during a Q & A session in advance of this weekend's UFC 221 event in Perth, Australia. Romero came in three pounds over the limit during his first weigh-in attempt, but he was afforded the two hours to attempt to drop down to 185.

With Romero failing to make the required weight, the fight will still go down at UFC 221 on Saturday evening if Rockhold accepts it, but the stakes will be altered a bit. As the final seconds ticked away, Romero stepped on the scale and only lost 0.6 pounds, weighing in at 187.7 pounds.

Rockhold was clearly upset with his opponent following the first weigh in.

But Romero has now been ruled ineligible for the interim belt after twice failing to make weight. According to ESPN's Brett Okamoto, a source close to Rockhold says that the fight is still on.

It was a far different story on Friday, when he danced salsa in public as part of a promotion for the fight. Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who has a frosty history with Rockhold, fired back on Twitter: "Rockhold never defended (the) belt (and) got KO'd by Bisping".

Rockhold was initially set to take on Australian champion Robert Whittaker for the middleweight belt.

Now, there are no more interim middleweight championship aspirations for Romero who couldn't overcome the weight cut.

At UFC 221, Yoel Romero will be fighting for the first time since July of 2017, when he failed in a bid to claim the interim middleweight title at UFC 213.

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