UFC 225 Results: Live Updates & Must-See Highlights

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to pay-per-view with UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 on Saturday, June 9. In the main event, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker entered the cage to face off against top contender Yoel Romero. However, because Romero came in heavy at the official weigh-ins on Friday morning, the bout was not for Whittaker’s 185-pound title.
In the co-main event, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos squared off against Colby Covington for the promotion’s interim welterweight belt. Also on the main card was the return of Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, who took on Mike Jackson, and former women’s bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm.
Standouts like Alistair Overeem, Rashad Evans, Ricardo Lamas, Carla Esparza, Claudia Gadelha, Joseph Benavidez, Sergio Pettis, and Clay Guida were also on the card.
If you missed out on the action, we have you covered.
The full results and video highlights from Saturday’s UFC 225 pay-per-view can be seen below.


UFC 225: Fight Time & Viewing Details

Event: UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Venue: United Center
Pay-Per-View Card Time: 10:00 P.M. EST


UFC 225 Results & Video Highlights

MAIN CARD

Robert Whittaker def. Yoel Romero via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

There was a feeling out process to open the fight before Whittaker began to open up and pick up his pace. Whittaker threw nearly 100 punches in the opening frame, while Romero was short of 30. While neither man had a moment where they were seriously in danger, it was Whittaker who likely had the edge due to output.
Whittaker continued to be the aggressor in Round 2 and it was paying off. As Whittaker was getting comfortable and consistently landing his 1-2 combos, Romero’s right eye swelled immediately shut.


Round 3 started off as a wild one as Romero showed his first real offensive output. Romero landed a huge left hand that had Whittaker on the ropes. Romero picked up his attack and was brutalizing Whittaker before the champ was able to gain his senses enough to hang on for dear life. Chaotic exchanges were the story of the remainder of the round as both men landed their shots that would have ended most other opponents.


The championship rounds were not kind to the champion. After Whittaker initially came out throwing some impressive kicks and mixing up his arsenal, it was Romero who landed the game-changing strike. Whittaker was clearly hurt and Romero was aiming to finish the fight but was ultimately saved by the bell. In Round 5, Romero once again landed a big struck that dropped Whittaker. Both men threw wild kicks in the closing seconds before the final buzzer rang.

Colby Covington def. Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) for interim welterweight title

Right out of the gate, Covington came out looking for a brawl. Covington unleashed a wild flurry while pushing forward and immediately putting dos Anjos on his heels. Covington continued to keep the pressure on while threatening with takedowns throughout the opening two minutes in hopes of forcing dos Anjos to lose his composure.


Covington kept the relentless pace throughout Round 2 and was controlling the Octagon. However, dos Anjos did do some damage by opening a cut above Covington’s eyebrow. In the third round, dos Anjos continued to fade.


In Round 4, dos Anjos showed a little sign of life after opening the round with a huge left hand before landing two takedowns of his own. The remainder of the round was reminiscent of the first three rounds of the fight. There was a moment of both men throwing hands, but it finished with Covington’s grinding style.

Holly Holm def. Megan Anderson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

Both women came out willing to throw, and there was an obvious size advantage for Anderson, who was making her UFC debut. After some initial exchanges, Holm found some success holding Anderson’s back against the cage. Despite her ability to hold Anderson against the cage, Holm was unable to mount any threatening attack. Holm shot for a takedown, but Anderson was able to use her long arms to grab Holm’s neck and avoid any attack.


To start Round 2, Anderson was looking to continue to use her length, but Holm was closing the distance and returning to the clinch work. When Anderson was able to get off her strikes, she was finding a home for them, but ultimately ended up on her back after Holm caught a kick. Once on the ground, Holm was dominating the fight. Holm was controlling Anderson’s arm before transitioning to mount and bringing down some heavy ground-and-pound.
Round 3 was again all Holm, who again dominated in the clinch before landing a takedown against the fence. Holm again easily transitioned to full mount. Anderson popped back to her feet, but it wasn’t long until Holm landed a toss to put the debutant immediately back on her back.

Tai Tuivasa def. Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

After a brief feeling out process to start the fight, Arlovski found himself in danger as Tuivasa landed an easy takedown and immediately found himself in full mount. Arlovski eventually made his way back to his feet, and Tuivasa had a noticeable cut above his eye. Tuivasa was more dangerous on the feet throughout the duration of the first five minutes.


In the second round, Arlovski was picking up his volume but Tuivasa continued to stand in the pocket and push forward. Both men were willing to trade and were swinging for the fences. The third round came at a much slower pace, with the two heavyweights beginning to gas. They slowly stalked each other an traded sparse shots for the remainder of the fight.

Mike Jackson def. Phil “CM Punk” Brooks via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Jackson cracked Punk with an overhand right out of the gate, before Punk failed on a takedown attempt. The hometown favorite did fire back with a right hand of his own before grappling with Jackson against the cage. Jackson was clearly the sharper fighter on the feet, landing his punches as Punk attempted to come rushing in for the clinch. Punch was able to finally land a takedown in the closing minute, but Jackson quickly made his way back to his feet.


Jackson cracked Punk with a 1-2 again to open the round before fighting off another takedown attempt from Punk. Jackson fired off a heavy overhand right that stunned Punk. Punk latched on to Jackson and was slammed to the mat where Jackson was working from inside of the guard. Once inside of Punk’s guard, Jackson was nonchalantly raining down ground-and-pound and proving a point that Punk didn’t deserve to be in the UFC.


Punk continued his domination in the final frame, landing heavy shots and knocking Punk to the ground. Jackson allowed Punk to get back to his feet. Jackson was toying with Punk throughout the final frame and was never in any danger. Punk never stopped trying, but he never had enough. Jackson celebrated his dominant win by taking a selfie as the decision was announced.


PRELIMIMARY CARD

Curtis Blaydes def. Alistair Overeem via TKO (elbows) – Round 3, 2:56

Both men came out patiently in the opening minutes of the fight, with Overeem keeping his hands low to help counter any shots from Blaydes. Unfortunately for Overeem, Blaydes was able to land a big takedown with two minutes left. Once on top, Blaydes was able to control position for the remainder of the round.


In Round 2, Blaydes rocked Overeem temporarily but Overeem was able to dive for a leg and threaten with a heel hook. When the two men returned to their feet, it looked like Overeem was favoring one of his legs. Blaydes capitalized and landed another takedown. Blaydes rained down some ground-and-pound right before the bell.
Blaydes continued to pour it on Overeem in the final round, peppering Overeem on the feet before taking the bout back to the mat.


Once Overeem was on the mat, Blaydes unloaded and busted Overeem open with some devastating elbows from the top to force the referee to stop the fight.

Claudia Gadelha def. Carla Esparza via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Both women were patient out of the gate, but it was Gadelha who was stalking the former champion across the cage. Gadelha cracked Esparza with a few shots which led to Esparza shooting for a takedown, but Gadelha’s takedown defense was on point.


However, Esparza also landed a shot of her own.


It was actually Gadelha getting the better of the fight on the ground, with the Brazilian scoring more top control and peppering Esparza with some ground-and-pound. Gadelha latched onto a deep guillotine in the closing seconds, but Esparza was saved by the bell. After Esparza came out pushing the pace in Round 2, Gadelha was able to get the fight to the mat. Gadelha was working from inside of Esparza’s guard and looking to impose her will with Esparza pinned against the fence. Esparza eventually reversed and found herself on top, but it was too little, too late as the round came to an end. To start the third round, Esparza again came out swinging for the fences.


Esparza looked like the fresher fighter in the final round and was moving fluidly while firing away at Gadelha’s chin. Unfortunately for Esparza, Gadelha caught a kick attempt and was able to use that for an eventual takedown. Esparza reversed position to land herself on top and had one minute to convince judges she should be the winner. Esparza finished off with a flurry as we went to the judges.

Mirsad Bektic def. Ricardo Lamas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Lamas opened the round by pressuring early while Bektic was loading up on his right hand. The two men clinched and exchanged strikes before Lamas broke free. Bektic fired off a nice 1-2 combo followed by a kick before clipping Lamas with an overhand right. Lamas whiffed on a wheel kick at the end of the round. Bektic continued to pour it on Lamas in the second round, opening up a dominant 83-48 striking advantage over his opponent. Lamas did make a wild attempt at a comeback in the middle of Round 3 with a guillotine choke, but Bektic was able to break free and then regained dominant position. When Lamas had his back against the cage, however, he dug in for another guillotine but was unable to finish off his opponent and Bektic finished the fight on top.

Chris De La Rocha def. Rashad Coulter via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:53

Immediately after the opening bell, the two men clinched with De La Rocha pushing Coulter against the cage and looking to control position. After exchanging some knees, the two separated and Coulter unleashed some heavy shots before the two men tumbled to the mat. Once on the ground, De La Rocha began working for a rear-naked choke. Coulter returned to his feet and unleashed a barrage of punches that rocked De La Rocha and busted open a cut on his forehead. De La Rocha then came back as the two men uncorked brutal headshots that left each fighter wobbling across the cage. Somehow, the fight made it out of the opening frame.


Between rounds, there was some amazing advice from Coulter’s corner.
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The second round was a dominant performance for De La Rocha, but there was little action once the fight hit the mat as both men were incredibly exhausted. Eventually, after De La Rocha was swinging tired arms on a docile Coulter, the referee came in to save everyone from the fight going any longer.

Anthony Smith def. Rashad Evans via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 0:53


Anthony Smith capped off the UFC Fight Pass prelims with another big first-round finish which was the biggest victory of his career. Less than one minute into the fight, Smith had his back to the cage when he was able to capture the former light heavyweight champion with a flush knee that knocked Evans out cold.

Sergio Pettis def. Joseph Benavidez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)


Throughout the first two rounds, both men were landing equal strikes and keeping a high pace, but it was the takedown defense of Sergio Pettis that was really a standout factor. Pettis had successfully defended 11 of 12 takedown attempts from Benavidez as the final minutes approached. When it was all said and done, Pettis did just enough to come away with the biggest win of his UFC career.

Charles Oliveira def. Clay Guida via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:18


For the second fight in a row, a fighter’s homecoming was spoiled in the first round. Oliveira came out and immediately pushed the pace against Guida before clinching up and locking the guillotine. Oliveira committed to the choke and wasted no time getting the finish. With the submission victory, Oliveira ties Royce Gracie for the most submission victories in UFC history with 10.

Dan Ige def. Mike Santiago via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:50

Ige immediately charged Santiago with a flurry of punches that rocked Santiago, before clinching and shooting for a takedown. Once on the mat, Ige immediately locked in a body triangle and looked for a rear-naked choke before posturing up and raining down some brutal ground-and-pound to the head of the Chicago native that forced the referee to stop the fight.




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