Whittaker Faces Romero as Betting Favorite on UFC 225 Odds

Robert Whittaker left punches Yoel Romero in their interim UFC middleweight championship bout Las Vegas last July

The event can remain a PPV, however, as UFC interim welterweight title contenders Rafael Dos Anjos and Colby Covington both made championship weight for their bout.

Yoel Romero tipped the scale at 185.2 pounds on his second attempt, officially missing weight for the main event of UFC 225.

Whittaker kicked Romero below the belt in the fourth round, which put a halt to the fight for about a minute. Whittaker will handle Romero, dealing him a second loss in the series and allowing him to move on to the next challenge.

It was a violent continuation of their 2017 clash that saw Whittaker come away as the UFC middleweight champion.

So, for the second consecutive fight, Romero will be in a planned championship bout without the opportunity to claim the title.

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Romero started the third frame with desperation coursing through his veins, attacking wildly, and it worked.

Romero landed several other strikes, but Whittaker survived and landed a few of his own in an epic round. 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.

Bisping continued, saying he believes the Illinois Athletic Commission should have given Romero more time to get down to 185, adding "Forgive me for being crude, but you can go to the bathroom and get rid of that (0.2 pounds) pretty quick".

This card featured five current and former UFC champions in front of a sold-out United Center crowd. Covington controlled the five-round title fight by outstriking the former lightweight champ.

Also on the main card, Holly Holm (11-4) takes on highly-touted UFC newcomer Megan Anderson (8-2) with a shot at featherweight champion Cris Cyborg likely on the line. Jackson peppered Punk (0-2) with punches to the face throughout the fight and won in a lacklustre unanimous decision.

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