Luke Rockhold's Comments on Middleweight Pecking Order Infuriate Chris Weidman


After squaring off with Luke Rockhold and almost going to blows with him, Romero was given two hours to get down to the 185-pound limit for their interim title 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".

Yoel Romero, who was originally scheduled to fight Luke Rockhold for the interim middleweight championship, failed to make the 185-pound weight limit on Friday. Romero swapped words with an annoyed Rockhold after the weigh in, after which he vowed to make weight in the second attempt.

The 40-year-old weighed in at 187 pounds on his second attempt, making him ineligible to compete for the interim title against Rockhold.

The UFC 221 middleweight championship main event has seemed cursed for a while now, and the events of Friday night are just another example.

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The event had already been hit with a major blow when Australia's first UFC champ Robert Whittaker was forced to pull out with illness.

"Romero took this fight on short notice when Whittaker fell out and he didn't get a full camp". During the pre-fight press conference, Rockhold was asked by a member of the press if fighting Romero rather than Whittaker was a tougher proposition. He previously won eight consecutive bouts.

An agreement was eventually reached, saving the main event, though some of the shine was certainly taken off the first Australian pay-per-view since UFC 193.