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.

Romero was over the 185 pound (83.9kg) limit at the first weigh-in by a pound and came within 90 grams of making the weight a second time.

Whittaker weighed in bang on the limit.

Romero was given an hour to lose the weight he needed but failed to make it for the UFC 225 event tomorrow.

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The Cuban has tipped the scales before, last time in February for a fight in Perth.

As a result, New Zealand-fighter Whittaker will have to wait to defend his title after last fighting almost a year ago in July.

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