UFC: Robert Whittaker Beat Yoel Romero in 5 Rounds came out victorious in the primary match  UFC 225 opposed the two opponents Whittaker vs. Romero on Saturday. It was a  bout,   combatants taking and delivering big  and walking usually out  fuel by the time the fourth and fifth rounds got here around.
Whittaker stays the UFC Middleweight Champion but would have anyway due to Romero lacking weight for the contest.
The first time Whittaker and Romero fought, it used to be for the meantime beat at middleweight, but Romero neglected weight and became ineligible to win the , that means solely Whittaker could win it. He did and used to be subsequently promoted to undisputed champion.
Saturday’s rematch used to be firstly scheduled to be a title protection for Whittaker, but Romero missed weight again and it wound up being a non- bout. But Whittaker acquired the win, so the division wasn’t thrown into in addition chaos.
Whittaker began out the clear edge on Romero, throwing greater strikes, being more aggressive and commonly controlling the action. He took the first round and perhaps at least one the next two, but ate a huge shot that rocked him and gave Romero, who was out breath when new life.
Romero regarded way out of it at stage in the entire fight but had moments where he exploded outward and did serious injury to Whittaker. The rounds that Romero arguably won were very , while the rounds that Whittaker  gained weren’t  at all.
In the co-main event, Colby Covington gained the period in-between UFC Welterweight Championship a unanimous decision win over Rafael dos Anjos. It used to be a high-paced fight, but one that Covington principally gained due to octagon manage for all, but the fourth round. He didn’t do a good deal of harm to dos Anjos, but he held him against the fence plenty and the stress he stored on used to be  to sway the judges.
Covington will now, presumably, fight Tyron Woodley to unify the belts every time Woodley ready. The champ has  he plans to be geared up in ,  might be too quickly of a turnaround for Covington, so we’ll see how that goes.
Also in most important card action, Holly Holm dominated Megan Anderson in a women’s featherweight contest. Holm landed more strikes, hit 4 takedowns, and appeared  she should go three more rounds when the battle went to the judges. Anderson appeared to overmatch above all else. Holm formally gained the contest by way of unanimous decision, with two judges her a 30-26.
The principal card opened with the MMA return of former WWE celebrity CM Punk, in simply his second bout ever. The first used to be a first-round submission loss at the arms of Mickey Gall,  used to be the same fate suffered by Punk’s UFC 225 opponent, Mike Jackson, in his first bout. Saturday’s bout used to be every fighter’s 2nd match, after losing their first in nearly same fashion.
Unfortunately for Punk, he didn’t  great. He seemed tired through the middle of the 2nd round and used to be  a doubt out-classed . He was in a  to get a couple takedowns; , couldn’t do whatever with them and lost a three-round unanimous decision.
In the ensuing bout, veteran Andrei Arlovski took Tai Tuivasa out of the first round for the first time in the Australian’s . The combat went the distance and used to be very , though the judges gave the bout to Tuivasa by way of unanimous decision.
On the preliminary card, there had been three  break up decisions, but also 5 finishes. Rashad Evans, the biggest name on the stated undercard, was once knocked out by Anthony Smith in the first round. Charles Oliveira scored a huge submission victory guillotine choke over Clay Guida, whilst Sergio Pettis used to be on the winning end of one of the cut up selections over Joseph Benavidez.
On the FS1 preliminary card, Curtis Blaydes earned an excessive and violent TKO victory over Alistair Overeem in the 0.33 round of a heavyweight bout. Blaydes cut Overeem with massive elbows on the , and there was once no convalescing for the latter. Cláudia Gadelha also bested Carla Esparza through split decision, as did Mirsad Bektić over Ricardo Lamas.