Yoel Romero misses weight, Luke Rockhold can still become interim champion

The UFC 221 main event was thrown into further disarray on Friday night when Yoel Romero missed weight for the interim middleweight title bout.

The UFC 221 main event was thrown into further disarray on Friday night when Yoel Romero missed weight for the interim middleweight title bout.

Following two attempts to make the 185-pound limit, Romero failed to do so and checked in with a final attempt at 187.7 pounds.

Brett Okamoto of ESPN confirmed on Friday night that Luke Rockhold would still take the fight.

Rockhold would have had enormous leverage as this pay-per-view is a one fight show from a marquee standpoint and losing the title fight would have been catastrophic.

The interim middleweight title can only be won by Rockhold while a Romero victory would only provide him with a win on his record with no claim to the interim championship.

The UFC 221 event was originally headlined by Robert Whittaker defending his middleweight title against Rockhold and was forced to withdraw due to a series of health issues. Romero stepped in to replace Whittaker and an interim title was announced for the bout’s winner.

Late tonight at POST Wrestling, we will have a UFC 221 post-show with MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn.

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