UFC 225: Robert Whittaker beats Yoel Romero

10 June, 2018, 09:54 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker says he is in best shape ever before his UFC return bout with Yoel Romero

Yoel Romero, left, and Robert Whittaker pose ahead of their 2017 bout.

He was scheduled to fight for the UFC Middleweight title on Saturday against Robert Whittaker.

Ten fighters on the card have either been a UFC champion or have fought for a title at some point in their careers.

Just like in their first fight 11 months ago, Whittaker had to overcome an injury, saying he broke his hand in the first round.

When SN talked to Whittaker recently and asked whether he would still take the fight if Romero missed weight again, the middleweight champion, who came in at 185 pounds, made it clear he would not.

Romero dropped Whittaker a second time with a left hand in the fifth - but again, he survived. However, Romero is no longer eligible to win the title.

There is no word from the UFC if the fight will proceed and how the purses will be divided.

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Earlier this year, Romero weighed in at 187.7 pounds for a fight with Luke Rockhold for the interim belt. 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.

Romero landed several other strikes, but Whittaker survived and landed a few of his own in an epic round. But the fight, however, is still on and will be a five-rounder.

In the co-main event, Colby Covington (-130) is a narrow, nominal favorite against Rafael dos Anjos (+110) as they vie for the interim welterweight title.

Holly Holm (-210) is favored against UFC debutante Megan Anderson (+180) in what amounts to a women's featherweight title eliminator.

In his second pro fight, former WWE star CM Punk, a Chicago native, had the crowd chanting his name in the first round, but Punk was unable to show any sense of force in the cage against Mike Jackson (1-1).

The two fighters were introduced and faced off at the ceremonial weigh-ins later Friday.

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