How deep is the UFC 225 card at the United Center in Chicago of Saturday?
A former light-heavyweight winner (Rashad Evans), a former title challenger and current No. 1 flyweight competition (Joseph Benavidez) and a sure-to-be exciting lightweight scrap between hometown underdog Clay Guida and also Charles’Can Bronx’ Oliveira are buried on the FightPass prelims.
There were supposed to be just two name conflicts, including the main event between Yoel Romero and middleweight champ Robert Whittaker. But, Romero shed weight by merely 0.2 pounds when he tipped the scales at 185.2 lbs.
For title fights, the one-pound allowance isn’t granted. The initial weigh-in of romero was 186 pounds. He was subsequently given two hours to lose 1 pound. In accordance with tweets from MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, the head of the Illinois Athletic Commission overruled a physician about the scene and compelled Romero to stop cutting weight one hour to the two-hour time frame.
That’s when he moved to the scale and came up 0.2 pounds short. His camp was reportedly mad and felt if awarded the other hour he was supposed to be allowed, Romero would’ve hit his mark. He confirmed this in his interview with Joe Rogan in the weigh-ins that were ceremonial early Friday night. “I really don’t why the Commission decided to not give me the 2 hours,” Romero said.
Whittaker still wished to fight and wasn’t interested in placing weight restrictions on Romero for Saturday (such as we saw with Darren Till vs.’Wonderboy’ Thompson in Liverpool two weeks back ). The most important event will still take place, though Whittaker’s strap will not be online.
Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) was a -220 favored for most of the week. Night, the number was up to the -250/260 range. Romero was the +210 underdog (risk $100 to win $210). The total was 4.5 rounds (‘below’ -165,’over’ +145).
Whittaker has won eight successive battles since dropping by first-round knockout to Thompson at UFC 170. His only defeat in the Octagon came from Court McGee by split decision in August of 2013. The 27-year-old New Zealander is 7-0 since moving upward from welterweight to the 185-pound loop. In the past seven conflicts of Whittaker, he participated in three Fights of the evening and has garnered three Performance of the Night bonuses.
Whittaker won the interim middleweight belt by beating Romero by unanimous decision (48-47 across) in UFC 213 in Las Vegas last July. He became the undisputed champ when Georges St. Pierre relinquished the name due to an illness.
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