Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Whittaker Makes the Mark; Romero Does Not

Whittaker Makes the Mark; Romero Does Not

Robert Whittaker solidified his status as the best middleweight in the world Saturday when he defeated Yoel Romero in in the UFC 225 headliner.

Or Romero will derail the New Zealand fighter and force the UFC to make a decision.

Just like in their first fight 11 months ago, Whittaker had to overcome an injury, saying he broke his hand in the first round.

Technically, the five-round fight wasn't even for Whittaker's title, because Romero missed weight by two-tenths of a pound during Friday's official weigh-in.

He was rocked by Romero again with less than 30 seconds left in the penultimate frame.

It was a violent continuation of their 2017 clash that saw Whittaker come away as the UFC middleweight champion. But you can't miss weight twice on two title fights and still think you're running the show. His run also featured six knockout victories and four bonuses, including the Performance of the Night following his third-round KO of former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman that paid out on plus-175 odds at UFC 205. But Whittaker would manage to escape with his title despite a fifth round that could have been scored 10-8, but wasn't by any of the three judges, and impacted the two scorecards that were 48-47 for Whittaker and the one that was 48-47 for Romero. Whittaker regained control in the fourth, but Romero landed a hard left and right late in the round.

This card featured five current and former UFC champions in front of a sold-out United Center crowd. "Why would I? I might as well fight someone heavier than me".

The co-main event features Rafael Dos Anjos taking on Colby Covington for the interim welterweight strap. And WWE superstar CM Punk (0-1) makes his return after a disappointing UFC debut in 2016.

As well, former WWE superstar CM Punk makes his first octagon appearance in nearly two years as he takes on fellow welterweight Mike Jackson as a plus-175 underdog, while Holly Holm vies for a second win in six fights as she takes on Megan Anderson as a minus-225 favourite in a clash of women's featherweights.

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