Whittaker's title wasn't at stake, as Romero failed to make the weight. Whittaker has now won nine bouts in a row.
UFC 225: "Whittaker vs. Romero is one of the most stacked cards of the organization's history with the first bout kicking off at 5:15pm CT at the United Center on Saturday night".
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.
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Rodney Hood saw his first real minutes in the series and scored 15 of Cleveland's 23 bench points, going 7-for-11 from the field. He finished with a playoff career-high 43 points to go with 13 rebounds and seven assists, including hitting 6-of-9 3-pointers.
It was a violent continuation of their 2017 clash that saw Whittaker come away as the UFC middleweight champion. However, Romero is no longer eligible to win the title. 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. Tuivasa, age 25, has won all seven of his pro fights by knockout or TKO, but the 39-year-old Arlovski will be his toughest opponent yet. But Whittaker would manage to escape with his title despite a fifth round that could have been scored 10-8, but wasn't by any of the three judges, and impacted the two scorecards that were 48-47 for Whittaker and the one that was 48-47 for Romero.
Whittaker, of Australia, survived the third, despite an onslaught of offense from Romero.