Whittaker Faces Romero as Betting Favorite on UFC 225 Odds

Yoel Romero Daniel Cormier

Yoel Romero Daniel Cormier

Maybe some of that is due to his quirkiness and unpredictability, both inside the Octagon and out.

Eventually, the UFC, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, Romero and both teams were able to come to an agreement. Romero has a history of unusual behavior, and missing weight for a championship fight felt like something that was right in his wheelhouse.

The fight was in jeopardy when Romero missed weight at 185 pounds Friday morning. Covington Outpoints Dos Anjos In the co-main event, Colby Covington (14-1) made a major statement in the UFC welterweight division and grabbed an interim title, as he won a grueling, hard-fought decision over former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (28-10). "The Truth" stung Brooks on the feet, then landed in his guard, where he punched him at will for two full minutes, leaving his face a swollen, bruised mess.

The main event at UFC 225 has been thrown into serious doubt after Cuban challenger Yoel Romero twice missed weight for his slated middleweight title fight with Robert Whittaker. I thought I controlled three of the five rounds, but he did drop me. He fought on the national wrestling scene for years before transitioning into MMA.

Check back here later tonight for the end result coming out of the fight.

Whittaker, who claimed a unanimous decision over Romero last July, was asked earlier this week about the recent spate of missed weights among his UFC peers. Whittaker would still have the belt, making him something of a lame duck champion. At his peak, Whittaker is a well-rounded fighter, combining high-volume striking - especially to opponents' heads - with a strong takedown defense.

Romero started the third frame with desperation coursing through his veins, attacking wildly, and it worked. Nobody should be surprised that it happened again here; Romero sprang to life and hurt Whittaker badly, almost finishing him just as he did Rockhold earlier this year.

Whittaker, of Australia, survived the third, despite an onslaught of offense from Romero.

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