Because of failing to make weight, Romero will not be eligible to win the title. The duo fought anyway, but without a belt on the line.
Earlier in the week, Whittaker was asked whether he would take the fight if Romero missed weight again. Romero controlled the third round with a series of combinations, but Whittaker was able to land two significant kicks.
Though he ended up on the losing end of the decision, Romero felt he had done enough damage to win the fight, and question the athletic commission for stopping his weight cut on Friday, believing it cost him the belt. From the casual observer drawn in by the big name to the purist attracted to great tactical fights to the action-seeker wanting fireworks from the opening bell, the UFC has its fan base covered. His run also featured six knockout victories and four bonuses, including the Performance of the Night following his third-round KO of former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman that paid out on plus-175 odds at UFC 205.
Romero landed several other strikes, but Whittaker survived and landed a few of his own in an epic round. "Chaos" won the fight largely by outdoing dos Anjos at his own game: employing a relentless, hyper-aggressive wrestling attack against the fence in all five rounds, never appearing to allow "RDA" space or time to breathe. The main event is positioned on top of arguably the most exciting card of action the UFC have put together this year.
Bisping on Romero coming up 0.2 pounds short: "I'm not the first person to jump to Yoel Romero's defense, but I will say this: It's a tricky one".
This card featured five current and former UFC champions in front of a sold-out United Center crowd. All three judges scored it 29-28. Anderson, who exited Invicta Fighting Championships on four straight wins, drops her Octagon debut, while Holm rebounded from her last bout, a decision loss to UFC featherweight champion Cristiane Justino.