UFC 225 Best Bets

How deep is the UFC 225 card at 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 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 title fights, including the most important event between Yoel Romero and middleweight champ Robert Whittaker. But, Romero shed weight by only 0.2 pounds when he tipped the scales at 185.2 lbs.
For title fights, the allowance is not granted. Romero was 186 pounds. He was given two extra hours to shed one pound. In accordance with tweets from MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, the mind of the Illinois Athletic Commission overruled a physician on the scene and forced Romero to stop cutting weight one hour to the two-hour time period.
That’s when he moved into the scale and came up 0.2 pounds brief. His camp was reportedly mad and felt if given the other hour that he was supposed to be allowed, Romero would’ve hit his mark. He confirmed that in his interview with Joe Rogan at the weigh-ins early Friday. “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 putting weight restrictions 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, though Whittaker’s strap won’t be online.
Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) was a -220 favored for most of this week. As of early 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 (‘under’ -165,’over’ +145).
Whittaker has won eight successive battles since dropping by first-round knockout to Thompson in UFC 170. His only defeat from the Octagon came by split decision in August of 2013 against Court McGee. The 27-year-old New Zealander is 7-0 since moving upward from welterweight into the 185-pound loop. In the previous seven conflicts of Whittaker, he engaged 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 at Las Vegas last July. He became the undisputed champ when Georges St. Pierre relinquished the title because of an illness.

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