UFC 225 Best Bets

How Heavy is Saturday’s UFC 225 card in the United Center in Chicago?

A former light-heavyweight winner (Rashad Evans), a former title challenger and present No. 1 flyweight competition (Joseph Benavidez) plus 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 most important event between middleweight champ Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero. However, Romero shed weight by merely 0.2 pounds when he tipped the scales at 185.2 pounds.
For title conflicts, the one-pound allowance isn’t granted. The initial weigh-in of romero was 186 lbs. He was subsequently given two additional hours to lose one pound. According to tweets from MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, the mind of the Illinois Athletic Commission overruled a doctor about the scene and compelled Romero to stop cutting weight one hour into the two-hour time period.
That is when he went to the scale and came up 0.2 pounds short. His camp was allegedly mad and felt if given the other hour he had been presumed to be allowed, Romero would have struck his mark. He affirmed that in his interview with Joe Rogan in the weigh-ins that were early Friday night. “I don’t why the Commission chose to not give me the two hours,” Romero said.
Whittaker still wished to fight and wasn’t interested in putting 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 occur, although Whittaker’s strap won’t be on the line.
Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) was a -220 favored for most of the week. Night, the amount was up into 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 successive battles since dropping by first-round knockout to Thompson at 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 up from welterweight into the 185-pound loop. In Whittaker’s previous seven conflicts, he participated in 3 Fights of the evening 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 at Las Vegas last July. He became the undisputed champ when Georges St. Pierre relinquished the name because of an illness.

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