Initially, one half of the main event's title fight rematch, Yoel Romero weighed in at 186 pounds which is one pound over the 185 pound middleweight limit for championship fights. The bout will go ahead as a nontitle fight.
Now fully healthy, Whittaker will be aiming to lift his professional MMA record to 20-4 with a second straight victory over Romero, the No. 1 contender in the UFC middleweight division. Romero won that bout via a knockout, and although he wasn't awarded a belt, he immediately was given a title shot despite his weight cutting issues. Romero earned a third-round KO victory as a plus-150 underdog, but was deemed ineligible to claim the belt after failing to make weight.
"The last fight with him, 25 minutes I was trying to finish him", Whittaker said. But you can't miss weight twice on two title fights and still think you're running the show.
"He is too tough, he hits too hard and he's too good".
He struggled to take Whittaker down in their first fight, however, and the Australian is not expecting much to change. "I'm refueling and getting ready for a fight". But yeah, I just don't see it.
"I think you do have to get on with it and move on, that's the inevitable outcome", Whittaker told ESPN.
Anderson (8-2) is the bigger and more powerful striker, but Holm has sharpened her skills over years of boxing and kickboxing.
Interestingly enough, TSN's Aaron Bronsteter has now reported that Romero only wants to fight for the title and states the following.
Breakout Sydney heavyweight Tai Tuivasa (7-0) faces his toughest test yet in Andrei Arlovski (27-15), a veteran of 25 UFC fights.