UFC 225 is set to go down on pay-per-view (PPV) from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois next weekend (Sat. June 9, 2018), and the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotional juggernaut has two massive headliners on deck.
In the main event of the evening, UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will defend his title against Cuban powerhouse Yoel Romero.
Romero earned his shot at the title after defeating Luke Rockhold via vicious third round knockout at UFC 221 in Australia this past February.
All Too Familiar Foes
These men have fought before, going head-to-head for a then-interim middleweight title at UFC 213 in July of 2017. Whittaker won that fight via unanimous decision.
After Georges St-Pierre vacated his undisputed title, Whittaker was then promoted to undisputed champion himself.
A string of medical issues have held Whittaker out-of-action since his victory over Romero, and his first fight back will be against the same man – this time in a title defense against his Cuban counterpart.
Interim Welterweight Title
In the co-main event of the evening, UFC 225 will feature an interim welterweight title bout between top-ranked 170 pounders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington.
Dos Anjos is a former 155-pound champion who has made waves since jumping up in weight to attempt to win a second UFC divisional crown.
Covington is a phenomenal grappler who has forced the spotlight on himself by adopting an extremely brash form of trash talking.
While things between Covington and dos Anjos have gotten very personal over the past several weeks in the lead up to their fight, the American also has his sights on other weight classes as well.
A Bold Statement
In a recent interview with BJPenn.com, Covington spoke positively of his teammate Romero and believes he has all the tools to put Whittaker away and win the title.
But should Romero fail to do so, Covington is ready to jump up to 185 pounds and knockout Whittaker himself (quotes via Bloody Elbow):
“I think it’s a great match up,” Covington said of the UFC 225 main event between Whittaker and Romero, per BJPenn.com’s Tom Taylor.
“I think Yoel has all the tools to put Whittaker away. He won those first two rounds in the first fight, so it’s going to be a very competitive fight and I don’t know what to expect.
“What will we see fro Whittaker coming back from injury? He may not be the same from his injuries. Yoel looked on fire, he just knocked out Rockhold.
“I’ll definitely have my eyes on that.
“I’m not going to go up and challenge Romero ’cause he’s my teammate and I like the guy, but if Whittaker wins I’ll definitely be looking to go up and knock him out just like Choir Boy (Stephen Thompson) did.”
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