UFC 225

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UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2
UFC 225 Event poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJune 9, 2018 (2018-06-09)
VenueUnited Center
CityChicago, Illinois
Total gate$2,550,000[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards

UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that was held on June 9, 2018, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.[3]


A UFC Middleweight Championship bout between current champion Robert Whittaker and former interim title challenger (as well as 2000 Olympic silver medalist and former world champion in freestyle wrestling) Yoel Romero served as the event headliner.[4][5] The pairing previously met in July 2017 at UFC 213 with Whittaker winning the vacant interim title via unanimous decision.[6]

However at the weigh-ins, Romero initially weighed in at 186 pounds, 1 pound over the middleweight limit for a title fight. Romero was given additional time to make weight, but he weighed in at 185.2 pounds. The commission initially gave him an additional 2 hours, but after an hour Romero was made to stop cutting weight, and the bout proceeded as a non-title contest. He was fined 30 percent of his purse, which went to Whittaker.[7]

An interim UFC Welterweight Championship bout between former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington (initially linked to UFC 224 a month earlier) served as the co-main event.[8]

Rashad Coulter was scheduled to face Allen Crowder at the event. However, on May 12, it was announced that Chris de la Rocha has replaced Crowder for undisclosed reasons.[9]

Bobby Green was scheduled to face Clay Guida at the event. However, on May 29, Green suffered an injury on his right knee and was replaced by Charles Oliveira.[10][11]


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Robert Whittaker (c) def. Yoel Romero Decision (split) (47–48, 48–47, 48–47) 5 5:00 [a]
Welterweight Colby Covington def. Rafael dos Anjos Decision (unanimous) (49–46, 48–47, 48–47) 5 5:00 [b]
Women's Featherweight Holly Holm def. Megan Anderson Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–26, 30–26) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Tai Tuivasa def. Andrei Arlovski Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Mike Jackson def. CM Punk Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–26) 3 5:00
Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)
Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes def. Alistair Overeem TKO (elbows) 3 2:56
Women's Strawweight Cláudia Gadelha def. Carla Esparza Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Featherweight Mirsad Bektić def. Ricardo Lamas Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 30–27) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Chris de la Rocha def. Rashad Coulter TKO (punches) 2 3:53
Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Light Heavyweight Anthony Smith def. Rashad Evans KO (knee) 1 0:53
Flyweight Sergio Pettis def. Joseph Benavidez Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Charles Oliveira def. Clay Guida Submission (guillotine choke) 1 2:18
Featherweight Dan Ige def. Mike Santiago TKO (punches) 1 0:50
  1. ^ Non-title bout; Romero missed weight (185.2 lb).
  2. ^ For the interim UFC Welterweight Championship.


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[13]

  • Fight of the Night ($100,000): Robert Whittaker (Yoel Romero was unable to receive bonus money due to missing weight).
  • Performance of the Night: Curtis Blaydes and Charles Oliveira

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2018-06-10). "UFC 225 draws announced 18,117 fans for $2.55 million gate in Chicago". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  2. ^ "Report: UFC 225 Does 250,000 Buys".
  3. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2018-02-03). "UFC announces UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, UFC 225 in Chicago". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  4. ^ Fernando Quilles, Jr. (2018-03-09). "Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero 2 in the works for UFC 225". mmanews.com. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  5. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2018-03-14). "Whittaker-Romero 2 headlines UFC 225 in June". ufc.com. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  6. ^ Simon Simano (2017-07-09). "UFC 213 results: Robert Whittaker earns decision over Yoel Romero for interim middleweight title". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  7. ^ Staff (2018-06-08). "Champ Robert Whittaker, Yoel Romero agree to non-title bout at UFC 225". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  8. ^ Staff (2018-04-06). "Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington interim title fight set for UFC 225 in Chicago – not Rio". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  9. ^ Staff (2018-04-12). "With Allen Crowder out, Rashad Coulter gets new UFC 225 opponent". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  10. ^ Staff (2018-05-29). "Charles Oliveira in to fight Clay Guida at UFC 225 after Bobby Green withdraws". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  11. ^ "MMA Injury Report: Luke Rockhold's nasty shin update, Curtis Blaydes out until November". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-13. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  12. ^ "UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  13. ^ Staff (2018-06-10). "UFC 225 bonuses: Robert Whittaker lands $100,000 thanks to Yoel Romero ineligibility". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-06-10.