The two fighters were introduced and faced off at the ceremonial weigh-ins later Friday.
"It's great in one sense, that Rob can't lose the belt but obviously we wanted to fight for the title".
So, for the second consecutive fight, Romero will be in a planned championship bout without the opportunity to claim the title.
"The last fight with him, 25 minutes I was trying to finish him", Whittaker said.
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This compromise would allow the company to once again use USA -made components in their products-although at a large cost. The penalties are in addition to the $892 million in penalties ZTE already paid.
Now recovered from a staph infection and a nasty case of chickenpox, Whittaker is ready to get back in the Octagon with the "Soldier of God".
"I missed weight but the situation is very complicated", Romero said. Or really punish him for missing weight by pushing him down the line of contenders.
The Australian has finished opponents on four occasions during his win streak, and has earned Performance of the Night bonuses with each of his past three knockout wins, including a second-round TKO of Ronaldo Souza as a plus-225 bet at UFC on Fox 24.
Explosive Sydney heavyweight Tai Tuivasa weighed in nearly five and a half kilos heavier than former world champion Andrei Arlovski.