UFC 225 Best Bets
How Heavy 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 present No. 1 flyweight contender (Joseph Benavidez) plus a sure-to-be exciting lightweight scrap between hometown underdog Clay Guida and also Charles’Do Bronx’ Oliveira are buried on the FightPass prelims.
There were supposed to be just two title fights, including the main event between middleweight champ Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero. But, Romero missed weight by only 0.2 pounds when he tipped the scales at 185.2 pounds.
For title fights, the one-pound allowance isn’t granted. The initial weigh-in of romero was 186 lbs. He was given two hours to shed one pound. In accordance with tweets from MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, the mind of the Illinois Athletic Commission overruled a doctor on the scene and compelled Romero to stop cutting weight one hour to the two-hour time period.
That’s when he went into the scale and came up 0.2 pounds brief. His camp was allegedly upset and felt if given another hour he was supposed to be allowed, Romero would’ve hit his mark. He affirmed that in his interview with Joe Rogan in the ceremonial weigh-ins early Friday night. “I don’t why the Commission decided not to give me the 2 hours,” Romero said.
Whittaker still wanted to fight and wasn’t interested in placing weight limitations on Romero for Saturday (such as we saw with Darren Till vs.’Wonderboy’ Thompson in Liverpool two weeks ago). The main event will still take place, although Whittaker’s strap will not be on the line.
Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) was a -220 favored for most of this week. Night, the amount was up to the -250/260 range. Romero was the +210 underdog (risk $100 to win $210). The total was 4.5 rounds (‘under’ -165,’over’ +145).
Whittaker has won eight successive battles since dropping by first-round knockout to Thompson at UFC 170. His only other defeat in the Octagon came against Court McGee. The 27-year-old New Zealander is 7-0 since moving up from welterweight into the 185-pound loop. In Whittaker seven conflicts, he participated in three Fights of the Night and has garnered three Performance of the Night bonuses.
Whittaker won the interim middleweight belt by beating Romero by unanimous decision (48-47 across) at UFC 213 in Las Vegas last July. He became the undisputed champ when Georges St. Pierre relinquished the name because of an illness.
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