Fighters on the UFC 221 hot seat

UFC 221 Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold Odds, Betting Trends, Card Analysis

After Yoel Romero missed weight for the second time, the main event between the "Soldier of God" and Luke Rockhold was in question.

The orgainsation was sent into a spin when one half of the main even, Cuban fighter Yoel Romero failed to make the 185 pound weight limit.

The difference between the two is that Rockhold made the championship weight on his first attempt.

It should be noted that Romero has two hours to make the weight in order for this title fight to be official.

Romero has a tough tall task ahead (literally) as his opponent Rockhold stands 6'3 with a 77-inch reach and has only lost twice in the last 10-years. When he stepped back on the scale, he weighed in at 187.7 pounds.

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Kyle Terada for USA TODAY Sports

Should have be doing the salsa in the sauna. The bout was slated to be for the interim middleweight title, but Romero missed weight and only Rockhold will be eligible to claim gold. "Some bull***t as usual", Rockhold said on Twitter.

It was then determined that Whittaker would face Rockhold on Saturday at UFC 221 - that was until the champion came down with a horrific staph infection in his stomach.

But when Whittaker was ruled out through illness on January 13, Romero was named his replacement with the fight downgraded to interim belt status.

Whittaker, who became Australia's first UFC champion in December when Canadian Georges St-Pierre vacated the belt, had to be convinced by family to pull out of his world title defence.

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