In what was supposed to be his first title defence, Australia's first UFC champion will face the man he fought and beat in his last outing. As a result of Romero missing weight, Rockhold could only win the interim title if he won the fight.
But Whittaker has agreed to save the main event and face him in a non-title bout.
"We came here to fight for the title", Romero said after the ceremonial weigh-ins, where he received a chorus of boos from the local crowd "I came here for the title fight".
Whittaker, who claimed a unanimous decision over Romero last July, was asked earlier this week about the recent spate of missed weights among his UFC peers.
"I've been preparing for this fight, bro", Whittaker told Romero.
Since leaving the professional wrestling world CM Punk has given no indication that he wants to return, and it doesn't look like that's going to change any time soon.
Initially, Romero came in at 186 pounds.
"I needed two hours, and the commission would only give me one", Romero said in response to the criticism, per MMA Junkie's Steven Marrocco. I don't even know how that's [missing weight] a thing?