UFC 225 Best Bets

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

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 scrap between hometown underdog Clay Guida and Charles’Do Bronx’ Oliveira are buried on the FightPass prelims.
There were supposed to be two name conflicts, including the most important event between middleweight champ Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero. But, Romero shed weight by only 0.2 pounds when he tipped the scales at 185.2 lbs.
For title fights, the one-pound allowance is not granted. Romero’s initial weigh-in was 186 lbs. He was given two hours to lose one pound. In accordance with tweets from MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, the head of the Illinois Athletic Commission overruled a doctor about the scene and forced Romero to stop cutting weight one hour into the two-hour time frame.
That’s when he moved into the scale and came up 0.2 pounds short. His camp was reportedly mad and felt if given the other hour he was presumed to be granted, Romero would’ve hit his mark. He confirmed this in his interview with Joe Rogan in the weigh-ins that were early Friday night. «I really don’t why the Commission chose not to give me the two 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 back ). The most important event will still occur, although Whittaker’s strap won’t be on the line.
Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) was a -220 favorite for most of this week. As of Friday night, the number 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 consecutive battles since dropping by first-round knockout to Thompson at UFC 170. His only other defeat from 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 to the 185-pound loop. In Whittaker seven fights, he has garnered three Performance of the Night bonuses and participated in 3 Fights of the Night.
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 title because of an illness.

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