How deep is the UFC 225 card in the United Center in Chicago of Saturday?
A former light-heavyweight champion (Rashad Evans), a former title challenger and current No. 1 flyweight competition (Joseph Benavidez) and a sure-to-be exciting lightweight garbage between hometown underdog Clay Guida and also Charles’Do Bronx’ Oliveira are buried on the FightPass prelims.
There were assumed 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 pounds.
For title fights, the one-pound allowance isn’t granted. Romero was 186 pounds. He was then given two additional hours to shed one pound. In accordance with tweets from MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, the head of the Illinois Athletic Commission overruled a physician on the scene and compelled Romero to stop cutting weight one hour to the two-hour time frame.
That’s when he went into the scale and came up 0.2 pounds brief. His camp was allegedly mad and felt if given the other hour that he had been presumed to be granted, Romero would have struck his mark. He confirmed that in his interview with Joe Rogan at the ceremonial weigh-ins early Friday. “I really don’t why the Commission decided to not give me the 2 hours,” Romero said.
Whittaker still wanted to fight and wasn’t interested in putting 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 occur, although Whittaker’s strap will not be online.
Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) was a -220 favorite 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 has been 4.5 rounds (‘below’ -165,’over’ +145).
Whittaker has won eight consecutive fights since losing by first-round knockout to Thompson in UFC 170. His only other defeat in the Octagon came against 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 fights of Whittaker, he has garnered three Performance of the Night bonuses and participated in three Fights of the Night.
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 title because of an illness.
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