UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 Live Results

Despite Yoel Romero missing weight the day before a title fight for the second time, he was given a shot at UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in a non-title bout at UFC 225. Capping off an exciting UFC 225 card that will end up being one of the most stacked cards of the year, Whittaker and Romero delivered a classic as Whittaker narrowly beat Romero by split decision.

It was less than a year the two mixed martial artists fought with Whittaker picking up the win and the interim UFC middleweight title. Whittaker eventually was elevated to full world champion and Romero was given another shot at the interim title. Romero missed weight for that fight at UFC 221, but still defeated Luke Rockhold. Even though Romero had missed weight and did not win the interim title, he still got a shot at the title.

Romero then missed weight again the day before UFC 225, coming in at 186 lbs., one pound over the limit and after being given some time to lose the weight, Romero was only able to drop 0.8 lbs. and was then ineligible to win the title.

Colby Covington continues to spread chaos throughout the UFC, beating Rafael dos Anjos to win the interim UFC welterweight title and potentially earning a shot at Tyron Woodley’s UFC welterweight title. The fight ended up being the only title bout on the full card and served as the co-main event bout of the pay-per-view portion of UFC 225.

The event also featured the return of former pro wrestling star CM Punk, who is fighting in his second MMA fight against Mike Jackson. Despite Punk managing to go the distance in a UFC, he still did not come out victorious as he lost a wide unanimous decision to Jackson, who also was fighting in his second UFC fight.

Robert Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero by split decision (48-47 Whittaker, 48-47 Romero, 48-47 Whittaker): 182.5 Lbs. Catchweight Bout

Colby Covington defeated Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) to win the Interim UFC Welterweight Title

Holly Holm defeated Megan Anderson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26): Featherweight Bout

Tai Tuivasa defeated Andrei Arlovski by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28): Heavyweight Bout

Mike Jackson defeated CM Punk by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26): Welterweight Bout

Curtis Blaydes defeated Alistair Overeem by TKO (elbow strikes), round 3, 2:56: Heavyweight Bout

Claudia Gadelha defeated Carla Esparza by split decision (29-28 Esparza, 29-28 Gadelha, 29-28 Gadelha): Strawweight Bout

Mirsad Bektic defeated Ricardo Lamas by split decision (29-28 Bektic, 29-28 Lamas, 30-27 Bektic): Featherweight Bout

Chris de la Rocha defeated Rashad Coulter by TKO (referee stoppage), round 2, 3:53: Heavyweight Bout

Anthony Smith defeated Rashad Evans by KO (knee strike), round 1, 0:53: Light Heavyweight Bout

Sergio Pettis defeated Joseph Benavidez by split decision (29-28 Pettis, 29-28 Benavidez, 30-27 Pettis): Flyweight Bout

Charles Oliveira defeated Clay Guida by submission (guillotine choke), round 1, 2:18: Lightweight Bout

Dan Ige defeated Mike Santiago by TKO (strikes), round 1, 0:50: Featherweight Bout

CM Punk vs. Mike Jackson:

Punk fared better in his second UFC, going the distance when he was unable to do so in his loss to Mickey Gall. Punk managed to get a takedown at the end of the first round. Jackson then immediately took over in the second, landing a strong right hand that hurts Punk. Punk almost got a guillotine in, but that was about as much offense as he would get as Jackson lands a number or punches to tire out Punk.

Official Result: Mike Jackson defeated CM Punk by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Andrei Arlovski vs. Tai Tuivasa:

This bout was a slugfest for both fighters. Tuivasa started off with a bang, landing a strong uppercut, but Arlovski then lands a counter right to drop Arlovski. Tuivasa and Arlovski then spent the rest of the fight throwing combinations and haymakers at each other. Arlovski did get a big second round by landing a front kick and a spinning back fist as well as getting a key takedown. Tuivasa got his chance to respond in the third round by landing several big strikes to Arlovski.

Official Result: Tai Tuivasa defeated Andrei Arlovski by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Holly Holm vs. Megan Anderson: 

Just like with the Arlovski-Tuivasa fight, Holm-Anderson was another slugfest. The fight started with the two women exchanging combinations, but Anderson managed to land a knee strike to Holm. Holm recovered and was able to outland Anderson, including connecting with a front kick to Anderson’s face. Holm dominated the fight, but Anderson got her shots in on Holm at various times throughout the fight. Holm also managed to takedown Anderson and got some ground and pound offense on Anderson. Holm almost got a submission as she went for a guillotine choke as the third and final round ended.

Official Result: Holly Holm defeated Megan Anderson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington: Interim UFC Welterweight Title Bout:

Covington started the fight by landing a takedown after a brief striking exchange. Dos Anjos was able to recover and lands several punches and knee strikes in the first round. Covington bounced back in the second round with a high kick and being more aggressive, grabbing dos Anjos and getting him to the cage wall. Covington eventually lands a big uppercut on dos Anjos. The fight continued being a back-and-forth affair with each fighter getting their chance to land their big strikes on their opponent. The bout ended with Covington and dos Anjos swinging at each other trying to win the fifth and final round. Covington gets the win by unanimous decision and as the interim champion, a potential fight against UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley looms over the horizon.

Official Result: Colby Covington defeated Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) to win the Interim UFC Welterweight Title

Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero:

Whittaker starts off the fight by unloading a plethora of jabs to Romero, setting himself up for a chance to end the fight quickly. Unfortunately for Whittaker, he believed he may have broken his right hand in the opening round of the bout. Whittaker was able to keep throwing more punches and still be effective despite only having one seemingly good hand in the fight. Romero eventually takes control of the fight and starts hammering away at Whittaker, rocking him with an overhand right. Whittaker managed to bounce back and proceeds to start kicking Romero in the fourth round, but it wasn’t enough to put away Romero. Romero dominated the fifth round, dropping Whittaker and landing numerous strikes in the closing round. As exciting as some of the bouts on card were, this might end being named the best fight of the whole evening.

Official Result: Robert Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero by split decision (48-47 Whittaker, 48-47 Romero, 48-47 Whittaker)

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