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One of the most anticipated fight cards in current history is lastly here. UFC 225 lands at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, June 9, with an absolutely stacked lineup.
The headliner is a rematch in between hard-hitting Cuban wrestler Yoel Romero and UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. The accumulation for this bout has been a long, winding road. Whittaker and Romero last fulfilled at UFC 213 in July 2017 for the interim middleweight title, while then-champ Michael Bisping was waiting on a big-money fight. After five rounds, Whittaker edged Romero by one round on the judges’ scorecards, however he was then sidelined for the remainder of the year with an injury. Bisping, on the other hand, lastly lost his title to Georges St-Pierre in November, but the former welterweight champ GSP left the belt due to illness. Whittaker was then promoted to the undeniable champ, but the story does not end there.
In February, Whittaker was set to safeguard his title versus American Luke Rockhold on his home turf in Australia. Nevertheless, due to a nasty staph infection, the champ had to take out on a couple of weeks’ notice and was replaced by Romero in a fight for the interim strap. The Cuban knocked out Rockhold in the 3rd round. Nevertheless, Romero had missed out on weight and was unable to declare the belt. Now, Whittaker and Romero meet again, only this time it’s for the indisputable UFC middleweight title.
Another highly expected match-up will act as the co-main event. Colby Covington faces previous light-weight champ Rafael dos Anjos for the interim welterweight title. With champ Tyron Woodley having actually not seen the within the Octagon because what was arguably the most uninteresting title defense in MMA history last July, the promo put together a match-up with another excellent story.
In October, Covington became the greatest heel in the sport, even exceeding Conor McGregor by many requirements. After the outspoken previous NCAA Division I wrestler beat Demian Maia in Brazil, he decided to call the whole South American nation “dirty animals” on their own land. On the other hand, the Brazilian dos Anjos was hectic tearing through his newfound division. He topped off his run with a title-eliminator win over previous champ Robbie Lawler in December. With bad blood in between Covington and practically every Brazilian in the world, dos Anjos is chomping at the bit to squash his opponent.
Three extra battles round out the primary card. The long-awaited UFC debut of former Invicta featherweight champ Megan Anderson comes against former UFC bantamweight champ Holly Holm. In a heavyweight clash, Tai Tuivasa tangles with Andrei Arlovski. The pay-per-view opens with a welterweight showdown in between the similarly winless Phil “CM Punk” Brooks and Mike “The Truth” Jackson. The undercard for this event rivals lots of UFC Fight Night primary cards.
The UFC Fight Pass prelims begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Fox Sports 1 preliminary card at 8 p.m. ET. The action then moves to pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET for the five-fight primary card.
Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero 2
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington
Holly Holm vs. Megan Anderson
Andrei Arlovski vs. Tai Tuivasa
CM Punk vs. Mike Jackson – did this one!
Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes
Claudia Gadelha vs. Carla Esparza
Mirsad Bektic vs. Ricardo Lamas
Chris de la Rocha vs. Rashad Coulter
Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis
Anthony Smith vs. Rashad Evans
Clay Guida vs. Charles Oliveira
Dan Ige vs. Mike Santiago