UFC 225 will be held on June 9, 2018 at United Center in Chicago. But instead of fighters from the state of Illinois dominating the main card it is the Australian fighters who are all over it. For UFC 225 we have three Australian fighters in the main card with Robert Whitakker defending his middleweight belt for the first time, Tai Tuivasa fighting the former heavyweight king Andre Arlovski and Megan Anderson who will be making her UFC debut against former bantamweight queen Holly Holms. Like all the other UFC events, UFC 225 could not steer away completely from controversies. Just a day before, Alistair Overeem vs Curtis Blaydes was moved out of the main card and put in the prelims card. But other than that everything else seems to be on track for UFC 225. so without further ado lets have a look at the main card of UFC 225.
Robert Whittaker (c) vs. Yoel Romero [a] – the main event at UFC 225 is a rematch between current champion Robert Whittaker and the number one contender Yoel Romero. The last time these two fighters fought each other was in July 2017 at UFC 213, for the interim middleweight belt. That was also the last time Robert Whittaker stepped into the octagon and has been out of action ever since owning to a staph infection. Yoel Romero on the other hand, has been a little busier, and registered a KO win over Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in February earlier this year, when he stepped in to replace an injured Whittaker. For UFC 225, Whittaker is the -205 favorite with Romero coming back at +165. But given how close their last fight was, it is very hard to pick a favorite.
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington – this is one of the most talked about fights in the mma community. On one side we have RDA, a former 155 pound champion and has a 3-0 record at welterweight and on the other side we have Colby Covington who has five wins in a row and is 8-1 in the UFC. But this fight is more than just for the welterweight interim belt. It is Brazil vs Colby. Many believe Colby is the most hated fighter in the UFC roaster and on June 9 many mma fans around the world would turn on their tv only to watch Colby loose. As far as this fight goes Dos Anjos is a -130 favorite and Colby coming back at +100.
Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes – One of those fights when a veteran UFC fighter takes on an up and coming youngster. While Overeem will step into the octagon to stay in the title race and also to maintain his position as the top 5 in the Heavyweight division, Curtis Blaydes, with a win here would be looking at breaking into the top 5 of the heavyweight division and would also find himself a step closer to challenge for the belt in near future. But the pressure would be on Overeem who got brutally knocked out in his last fight to Francis Ngannou at UFC 220. Curtis Blaydes on the other hand has won 4 of his last 5 fights with one no contest. But a loss here would probably take Overeem too far away from any title dreams for a very long time to come.
Holly Holm vs. Megan Anderson – Holly ‘the preacher’s daughter’ Holm has lost 4 out of the last 5 fights. Two of those losses were in the 145 pound weight class. Both of those fights were for the 145-pound championship. If Holly wants another shot at Cris Cyborg and the 145-pound women’s featherweight title she has to win this one first. But standing in front of her is the 6-foot-tall former Invicta FC Featherweight champion Megan Anderson. This is Megan’s debut fight at UFC and a win here would set her up perfectly for a title clash against the 145-pound queen, Cris Cyborg. But for this fight Holmes opens as -205 favorite with Megan Anderson coming back at +180.
CM Punk vs. Mike Jackson – Nobody know why CM Punk is fighting again, especially after his horrific performance against Micky Gall in his first mma fight at UFC 203. But I guess this is something that means much more to him than to anyone else. In his first fight he gave his back to his opponent in less than three minutes of the very first round. Ever since that day CM Punk has been the butt of all jokes. Some even called him delusional for leaving WWE and stepping into the octagon. But come June 9 at UFC 225 CM Punk will get his chance at redemption against Mike Jackson who has a similar pro mma record of 0-1-0. and just like CM Punk, Mike Jackson too lost his first fight to Mickey Gall via rear naked choke in the very first round.
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