UFC 225: Full fight card and preview for Chicago event

UFC 225: Full fight card and preview for Chicago event

The UFC returns this weekend for UFC 225 will be held on June 9, 2018, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The main event features a middleweight title bout between current champion Robert Whittaker and former interim title challenger Yoel Romero. The two previously met at UFC 213 with Whittaker winning the vacant interim title via unanimous decision.

Following a loss to Stephen Thompson at UFC 170 and a win against Mike Rhodes, Whittaker moved to middleweight and has since won seven straight. In his last bout, Whittaker won the interim UFC middleweight title against Romero. Since then, champion Georges St-Pierre dropped the official UFC middleweight title, prompting the UFC to promote Whittaker from interim to official UFC champion.

The co-main event featured an interim welterweight title bout between former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and #4 ranked Colby Covington.

Following a move to welterweight after dropping a decision loss to Tony Ferguson, dos Anjos, the former UFC lightweight champion has won three straight. A unanimous decision win over Tarec Saffiedine at UFC Fight Night 111 was followed by a submission win over Neil Magny at UFC 215. The former king at 155lbs is coming off a unanimous decision win over Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC on FOX 26.

Following a submission loss to Warlley Alves at UFC 194, has won five straight and shot up the UFC’s welterweight rankings. In his last three wins, Covington has won unanimous decisions over Bryan Barberena, Dong Hyun Kim and Demian Maia.

Also featured on the main card is a women’s featherweight bout between former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm and the debuting former Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson, a heavyweight bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski and Tai Tuivasa and kicking off the main card on PPV is a welterweight clash between CM Punk and Mike Jackson.

Headlining the preliminary card on Fox Sports 1 is a heavyweight contest between former UFC heavyweight title challenger Alistair Overeem and rising prospect Curtis Blaydes. Kicking off the show on FS1 is another heavyweight bout as Rashad Coulter welcomes Chris de la Rocha to Chicago.

The UFC Fight Pass preliminary portion of the card will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between former 205lb champion Rashad Evans as he takes on Anthony Smith while a featherweight bout kicks off proceedings in the ‘Windy City’ as Mike Santiago vs Dan Ige features as the curtain jerker.

Check out the full fight card for the event below:

Main Card (PPV)

Robert Whittaker (c) vs. Yoel Romero for the UFC middleweight title
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington for the UFC interim welterweight title
Holly Holm vs. Megan Anderson
Andrei Arlovski vs. Tai Tuivasa
CM Punk vs. Mike Jackson

Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)

Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes
Cláudia Gadelha vs. Carla Esparza
Ricardo Lamas vs. Mirsad Bektić
Rashad Coulter vs. Chris de la Rocha

Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)

Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith
Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis
Clay Guida vs. Charles Oliveira
Mike Santiago vs. Dan Ige

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