Aussie star Robert Whittaker takes on Yoel Romero in Chicago

Robert Whittaker left punches Yoel Romero in their interim UFC middleweight championship bout Las Vegas last July

Romero (13-2), meanwhile, was sharp in his last outing on February 10, knocking out former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold with a crushing left hand.

Unlike their UFC 213 fight that was more of a high-powered chess match, the rematch was packed with fireworks and saw both fighters have their moments. Maybe some of that is due to his quirkiness and unpredictability, both inside the Octagon and out.

Robert Whittaker was not 100 percent physically when he defeated Yoel Romero in their first fight 11 months ago, which is something to keep in mind when sizing up the rematch on Saturday.

Romero earned his second shot at Whittaker by defeating Luke Rockhold earlier this year, although he missed weight for that bout. Romero has a history of odd behavior, and missing weight for a championship fight felt like something that was right in his wheelhouse. But you can't miss weight twice on two title fights and still think you're running the show. The Cuban missed weight, so the fight will be a non-title event. The Australian fighter has not fought since then.

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Robert Whittaker will have to wait to defend his middleweight title after his bout against Yoel Romero was axed to a non-title fight after the challenger failed to make the weight. I thought I controlled three of the five rounds, but he did drop me. At this time, it is unclear if he will the fight will proceed and what terms might be negotiated if so.

Check back here later tonight for the end result coming out of the fight.

And because it wasn't a title fight, the UFC should be extra grateful that Whittaker ended up beating Romero. Whittaker would still have the belt, making him something of a lame duck champion. The duo fought anyway, but without a belt on the line.

The third round was one of the best of the year. Between the swelling and his lack of conditioning, Romero fought with more urgency in the third round and cut loose a right hand that sent the champion careening to the canvas. Romero swarmed and relentlessly punched Whittaker, who was on all-fours, just trying to survive.

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