Romero missed weight for the fight and went through some extreme weight cutting for the bout, which is why Whittaker can explain how Romero still managed to fight at UFC 225.
“Whatever he’s hydrating on, I would like to know so I can also hydrate on that,” Whittaker said to Grange TV. “Because it turns you superhuman, just about.”
The fight between Whittaker and Romero still went on after the Cuban fighter missed weight, but the title encounter was changed to a non-title bout as a result.
Whittaker even admits that Romero wasn’t the same fighter he fought over a year ago for the UFC Interim Middleweight Title.
“When I was punching and kicking him [at UFC 225] he felt like metal — like a dude made out of concrete, it was a ridiculous,” Whittaker said. “I fought him a year ago, and he didn’t feel like concrete. Not like that.”
It is highly unlikely that the two will ever fight again for the middleweight strap, as the UFC rarely gives fighter a third opportunity to face a champion they have already lost twice in a row to.