Whittaker vs Romero, CM Punk vs Jackson and pre-lims

Whittaker vs Romero, CM Punk vs Jackson and pre-lims

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

After months of underwhelming pay-per-view events, fans finally have a fight card worth getting excited about Saturday night for UFC 225 at the United Center in Chicago.

Or Romero will derail the New Zealand fighter and force the UFC to make a decision.

Yoel Romero weighed in at 185.2 pounds at his second attempt to make championship weight.

Romero, who also failed to make the limit for his last fight in Perth in February, will have to hand over a percentage of his purse to Whittaker.




He was rocked by Romero again with less than 30 seconds left in the penultimate frame. Romero controlled the third round with a series of combinations, but Whittaker was able to land two significant kicks.

Romero initially came in at 186lbs and was given an additional hour to get down to 185lbs for the much-anticipated rematch but he could only get as low as 185.2lbs, meaning he was ineligible to fight for the title.

Romero started the third frame with desperation coursing through his veins, attacking wildly, and it worked. Romero swarmed and relentlessly punched Whittaker, who was on all-fours, just trying to survive. 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. Tuivasa Bests ArlovskiTai Tuivasa (8-0) cleared a major hurdle, as one of the heavyweight division's most promising young prospects defeated former champion Andrei Arlovski (27-16) via unanimous decision. What has become par for the course with Romero saw the Cuban fight in spurts in an effort to conserve energy. But the fight, however, is still on and will be a five-rounder.

In the opener on the main card, welterweight Mike Jackson (-200) is favored against CM Punk (+170) in a matchup that is as blank a slate as it gets, due to each man's inexperience in UFC.

Holly Holm fights Megan Anderson in a bout that could determine women's featherweight champion Cris Cyborg's next opponent. And no fighter has ever missed weight for two title fights.

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