How Heavy is the UFC 225 card at the United Center in Chicago of Saturday?
A former light-heavyweight winner (Rashad Evans), a former title challenger and present No. 1 flyweight contender (Joseph Benavidez) and a sure-to-be exciting lightweight garbage between hometown underdog Clay Guida and Charles’Can Bronx’ Oliveira are buried on the FightPass prelims.
There were assumed to be two name conflicts, including the most important event between middleweight champ Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero. However, Romero missed 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 subsequently 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 about the scene and forced Romero to stop cutting weight 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 awarded the other hour that he was presumed to be allowed, Romero would have struck his mark. He confirmed this in his interview with Joe Rogan at the weigh-ins early Friday. “I really don’t why the Commission decided not to give me the two hours,” Romero said.
Whittaker still wanted to fight and wasn’t interested in putting weight limitations on Romero for Saturday (like we saw with Darren Till vs.’Wonderboy’ Thompson in Liverpool two weeks ago). The main event will still take place, though Whittaker’s strap won’t be on the line.
Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) was a -220 favorite for most of the week. Night, the number was up to 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 in UFC 170. His only other defeat from the Octagon came against Court McGee. The 27-year-old New Zealander is 7-0 since moving upward from welterweight into the 185-pound loop. In the past seven fights of Whittaker, he engaged in 3 Fights of the evening and has garnered three Performance of the Night bonuses.
Whittaker won the interim middleweight belt by beating Romero by unanimous decision (48-47 across) in UFC 213 in Las Vegas last July. He became the undisputed champ when Georges St. Pierre relinquished the title due to an illness.
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