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The MMA Hour Live -- June 11, 2018 (w/ Whittaker, Romero, Woodley, Covington, Iaquinta, Hunt, more)

The Mixed Martial Arts is back in your life. Below is a rundown of Monday's show: 1:00 p.m. ET -- UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will join us to talk about his thrilling win over Yoel Romero. 1:25 p.m. -- Yoel Romero, and his management team, will talk about his controversial weekend in Chicago. 1:45 p.m. -- UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington will discuss his win over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225. 2:05 p.m. -- Carla Esparza will discuss her close decision loss to Claudia Gadelha at UFC 225. 2:25 p.m. -- Chris Weidman will discuss Saturday's main event and what's next for him. 2:45 p.m. -- Al Iaquinta will discuss the possibility of fighting Justin Gaethje next. 3:05 p.m. -- UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will talk about fighting Colby Covington next. 3:25 p.m. -- Mike Jackson will discuss his win over CM Punk at UFC 225. 3:45 p.m. -- Curtis Blaydes will look back on his win over Alistair Overeem at UFC 225. 4:05 p.m. -- Old friends of the show Matt Mitrione and Sean McCorkle will stop by to reminisce about the good old days. 4:25 p.

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Colby Covington, sipping on 'nerd tears,' basks in glory of interim gold after UFC 225 win

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Robert Whittaker def. Yoel Romero at UFC 225: Best photos

Check out these photos highlighting Robert Whittaker’s split-decision win over Yoel Romero at UFC 225 from United Center in Chicago. (Photos by Kamil Krzaczynski, USA TODAY Sports)

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Robert Whittaker Ekes Out Split Decision over Yoel Romero in Rematch at UFC 225

Yoel Romero couldn’t quite make his late-round magic happen in Chicago. In their middleweight championship tilt, Robert Whittaker (20-4) eked out a split decision over the “Soldier of God,” by 48-47 (twice) and 47-48 in the UFC 225 headliner Saturday. The fight featured huge momentum swings and tremendous offensive firepower on both sides. After two competitive rounds, Romero (13-3), who already owns five third-round TKO wins in the Ultimate Fighting Championship , blistered Whittaker in the opening minute, dropping the champ. Whittaker recovered but spent much of the rest of the round on his heels -- or on roller skates. After a fourth round punctuated by a groin strike to Romero and a subsequent recovery break, the fifth round was another big one for the Cuban. With both fighters obviously exhausted and Whittaker favoring a right hand that had apparently been broken in one of the middle rounds, Romero spent most of the round chasing a wobbly champion around the cage, and significant time pummeling a turtled foe. However, Whittaker survived to the final horn and ended up taking the contentious decision.

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Five Lessons Learned From UFC 225

Editor’s note: The views and opinions expressed below are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Sherdog.com, its affiliates and sponsors or its parent company, Evolve Media. * * * CM Punk got taken to school on Saturday, but did anyone else learn any lessons from UFC 225 in Chicago? You should have, because there were plenty of takeaways and helpful reminders embedded in the action. As is the case with so many major MMA cards, much of the fight night and post-event discussion centered on judging, including the debate over who deserved to win the Robert Whittaker - Yoel Romero main event rematch and several curious scorecards, several of which were turned in by infamous offender Sal D’Amato. Regardless of who you think won, a more intriguing question is whether or not Romero is actually becoming a better fighter at 41 years of age. Speaking of “The Soldier of God,” his missing weight was one of the biggest stories of the weekend, especially in conjunction with UFC President Dana White’s proclamation that the promotion would be returning to afternoon weigh-ins.

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Sergio Pettis: Demetrious Johnson-Henry Cejudo winner should be next for me after UFC 225

“One hundred percent, that’s what I want,” Pettis told reporters, including MMAjunkie, backstage at UFC 225. “That’s what Benavidez was looking forward to after this fight. I went out here and got the job done, and I believe that’s what’s next for me.”

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Covington Backs Up The Talk, Wins UFC World Title With Win Over RDA | UFC Results - MMA Imports

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is hosting the highly anticipated fight card for UFC 225 tonight, June 9, from within the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Co-headlining the night’s event, highly polarizing mixed martial artist Colby Covington is set to throw down with former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos for the interim welterweight title.

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Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series Season 2 Premieres Tuesday | MMAWeekly.com

Undefeated light heavyweight prospects Dashawn Boatwright (3-0, fighting out of Richmond, Va.) and Alonzo Menifield (6-0, fighting out of Dallas, La.) headline an incredible card setting the tone for the rest of the competition. Coming off two straight finishes, Boatwright has started his pro career with a vengeance in keeping his record unblemished. Menfield, a Contender Series season 1 veteran, has continued his winning ways since his victory in front of Dana White in July of last year, with dominant stoppages against dangerous opponents.

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I understand everyone deserves a second chance and it’s good to see Greg Hardy doing well for himself but lets not play dumb, this is just for views and attention and it’s disgusting

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Daily Debate results: Is Kelvin Gastelum the best option for UFC champ Robert Whittaker?

Ah, yes, Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC). He’s the wrench in this whole thing. The former champion, who got 21 percent of the vote, is just 1-3 in his past four fights. But the victory – which came in his most recent bout – was a third-round submission win over Gastelum in July 2017.

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Tyron Woodley Responds To Colby Covington, And He's Not Very Nice - MMA Imports

UFC welterweight Colby Covington has drawn some serious attention from fight fans for his often polarizing statements. Following the fighter’s recent octagon performance, reigning UFC welterweight title holder Tyron Woodley has come forward with a statement of his own.

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Rafael dos Anjos Breaks His Silence On Losing To Colby Covington - MMA Imports

Hey guys I want to thank you all for the messages and the support. I am a very competitive guy and I confess I never know how to handle defeat. I did my best inside the octagon, I had the support of the best coaches in the world. The result was not mine, but nothing will make me give up. I am a challenge driven guy and this is just another one in my way. In 2014, after the fight against Khabib, I worked very hard, and with God’s blessing, 11 months later I became the Lightweight champion. This time it won’t be any different. I got the chance to fight for the interim belt after only three fights in the welterweight division. My path in this weight class has just started. I know what I am capable of, I know what I can achieve. I won’t give up my dreams because of the first obstacle in this division. Now it’s time to see what did not work, improve, and get back to my path to the top. God knows everything. Bad guys win sometimes in real life, but at the end, the good guys always win. You can lose the battle, but never the war. Thank God I have the best friends and family I could ask for.

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By the Numbers: UFC 225

The sequel was an instant classic. While Robert Whittaker outlasted Yoel Romero over five brutal rounds in the UFC 225 headliner on Saturday night, there were no losers in Chicago. Both combatants battled through adversity at various times to put on a memorable show, but it was reigning 185-pound king Whittaker who emerged with a contentious split-decision triumph. While “The Reaper” improved to 2-0 against his Cuban rival, nobody would complain if the middleweights squared off for a third time down the road. That, however, is a topic for another day. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 225, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com. Related » Matches to Make After UFC 225 9: Consecutive victories in the Octagon for Whittaker, the sixth-longest active winning streak in the UFC behind Demetrious Johnson (13), Georges St. Pierre (13), Max Holloway (12), Khabib Nurmagomedov (10) and Tony Ferguson (10). 239: Combined significant strikes landed by Whittaker (128) and Romero (111), a middleweight record for a five-round bout in the UFC.

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False. They carry some blame here. I still stand by Romero being at fault for weighing in at 186 to begin with, but offering 2 hr to lose a lb and cutting him off halfway into that when a doctor or doctors said he's cleared to continue cutting is a bad look. Why have drs at all?

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People sleeping on Austen Lane. I've seen this dude merc people and it's ugly.

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Geez, Tyron Woodley – tell us how you really feel about fellow UFC champ Colby Covington

“I’m not going to knock you out quick. It’s not going to be no first-round knockout. I’m going to embarrass you. I’m going to talk to you the whole (expletive) fight. I’m going to tell the referee, ‘Get back. Do not get in my way. Do not stop this. I’ll tell you when it’s time to stop this.'”

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UFC 225 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

At one time FIGHTING was bigger than LIFE. Now LIFE is bigger than FIGHTING. It was easy to FIGHT for me because I came into this world raising hell FIGHTING. Then LIFE over time swaddled me like a parent does a screaming child and calmed me until I could see there was nothing to scream about. LIFE reveals to us all one day its beauty and its GRACE. Part of its beauty and GRACE is SURRENDER. Not SURRENDER in the way we think but a yielding nature that allows LIFE'S true beauty to be seen without non attachment. Only through non attachment can we truly see the beauty of LIFE and its random but beautiful balance. Our attachments in LIFE gives us the pain that make LIFE unbearable at times. Those attachments keeps us all pretending to some degree even though we are scared to death of what tomorrow can bring. I am at peace at what happened last night. I am a true FIGHTER at heart and there is no greater peace than when I get a chance to bare my soul for millions to see. 24 times I was successful and I experienced heights I never would've dreamed were possible and 8 times I came up short.

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Donald Trump Jr. Congratulates Colby Covington on UFC Title Win | MMAWeekly.com

Colby Covington has made no secret of his support for controversial U.S. President Donald Trump. In fact, he has exploited Trump’s name in his controversial diatribes, saying that he wants to take his newly won interim UFC welterweight title and present it to the President on his desk at the White House.

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If the @ufc is going to (needlessly) continue mandating weight-cuts, at least allow fighters to weigh-in over a longer period, like 4 hours, starting at noon. Let the pros who are on weight early more time to recover from the pointless harm they are doing to themselves.

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Colby Covington at White House to meet Donald Trump? Dana White can make that deal

“I did everything I said I was going to do,” Covington said after UFC 225. “I told everybody I was going to make the welterweight division great again, and now I’m going to celebrate how a real American should celebrate winning a world a title, and that’s going to the White House to see Mr. Donald Trump and put this on his desk, unlike the Filth-a-delphia Eagles disrespecting our flag and kneeling for the national anthem.”

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That’s true. I’d like to see Kelvin v Whittaker although I feel Whittaker would be able to handle him. But let’s talk UFC 225 and how Romero is putting on a show. I’m struggling to write this tweet whilst watching the fight

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Covington running forward swinging hooks. RDA countering but getting hit too. Covington tries for a single leg but can't get close. Covington just throwing a ton of ugly punches right now. #UFC225

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VIDEO | Al Iaquinta unloads on Dana White, 'his sense of reality is gone'

“[Dana White’s] sense of reality is gone, it’s gone. It’s shot. It’s absolutely shot. It’s scary. Now he’s putting our health at risk. So why did you move the weigh-ins in the first place? Because in his mind he wants more exciting fights. How are you gonna get more exciting fights? Give the fighters more time to recover, right? Which is also beneficial to us because it’s healthy. It’s healthy for us to replenish, but then he realizes ‘no, now people aren’t making weight more. So this actually was a bad move. Even though it’s healthier for the fighters, we’re gonna move it back to the night time’.

35 The MMA (After) Hour: Episode 438 (w/ Ric's Picks and Twitter Q&A Exclusive)

On The MMA (After) Hour, MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani and Eric Jackman talk about Tai Tuivasa's UFC 225 walkout, Colby Covington's gimmick and most recent win, possible retirement for Rashad Evans, and much more. Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... Check out our full video catalog: http://www.youtube.com/mmafightingons... Visit our playlists: http://www.youtube.com/mmafightingons... Like MMAF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mmafighting Follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mmafighting Read More: http://www.mmafighting.com

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Agreed! Always good to have a reasonable convo on Twitter. It’s rare, thanks. Now to focus on more important things, like the Three Lions bringing Home the cup!

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Nick Newell Asked for a Shot, and Dana White is Giving it to Him | MMAWeekly.com

“The big thing is, if anything ever happened to Nick Newell, if Nick Newell fights in the UFC, first thing they’re going to say is, ‘How could you let a guy with one arm fight in the UFC? You’re an idiot.’ I’m saying, what if something bad happened?” White explained.

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Full ONE: Spirit of a Warrior Fight Card Released | MMAWeekly.com

ONE: Spirit of a Warrior is set for Yangon on June 29 and will feature at least eight fights with two Muay Thai matches on the card.

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Mike Jackson Defends Antics at UFC 225 After Being Blasted by UFC President Dana White

I hit him with punches and elbows and he stayed standing. I didn’t want to run in and get caught with dumb shit. Imagine being the guy who loses to CM Punk! https://t.co/DNgztswpzH — Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) June 10, 2018 Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White didn’t hold back when asked what he thought of the fight which kicked off the main card at UFC 225 on Saturday night featuring Phil Brooks -- better known as “CM Punk” -- and Mike Jackson . White had previously defended the decision to have Punk and Jackson included on the main card instead of the high-profile heavyweight match between Alistair Overeem and Chicago native Curtis Blaydes . White had stated that Punk’s inclusion was purely a business decision as the former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar has a greater pull when it comes to pay-per-view sales compared to the other fighters on the card. While Jackson easily won the fight, it was the manner of his win that drew the ire from White. Jackson was playing around with Punk as if he was mocking the former WWE star and the UFC president didn’t mince his words during the UFC 225 post-fight press conference.

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KSW 44 - The Game

By: Tristen Critchfield Marcin Wrzosek and Kleber Koike Erbst will rematch for the vacant Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki featherweight crown at KSW 44 on June 9.

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Oh, hey: Here's an X-ray of UFC champ Robert Whittaker's broken hand

“In the first round, I busted my hand, and I cannot feel it up to my elbow,” Whittaker said. “Yoel hits like a truck, and I just had to try and survive and make the comeback. I could have seen it going any way because it was tight, but I hit him a lot, and I thought I did enough to get three of the five rounds.”

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Matches to Make After UFC 225

Whether you approach him with love, hate or indifference, Colby Covington has entered a new competitive stratosphere in the Ultimate Fighting Championship . The polarizing American Top Team standout executed repeated takedowns and captured the interim welterweight title with a five-round unanimous decision over Rafael dos Anjos in the UFC 225 co-headliner on Saturday at the United Center in Chicago. All three cageside judges scored it for Covington, awarding him marks of 49-46, 48-47 and 48-47. Covington took down Dos Anjos seven times in the 25-minute battle: twice in the first round, twice in the second, once in the fourth and twice more in the fifth. It provided the difference in a fight that was otherwise closely contested. According to FightMetric figures, the top-shelf welterweights split the striking categories. Covington outlanded his counterpart 142-130 in total strikes, while dos Anjos held a narrow 105-99 margin in significant strikes. In the aftermath of UFC 225 “Whittaker vs. Romero 2,” here are five matches that ought to be made: Related » UFC 225: By the Numbers Colby Covington vs.

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Jeff Horn No Match for Terence Crawford

“He didn’t seem like the smaller guy, that’s for sure.” – @JeffHornBoxer #CrawfordHorn pic.twitter.com/XaTZnxpFVE — Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) June 10, 2018 Only a month ago the boxing world was convinced that Vasily Lomachenko was the best fighter in the world, the pound-for-pound king who would reign unrivaled as the best prizefighter in the world for years to come. Tonight, Terence Crawford challenged that narrative in being completely unchallenged by Jeff Horn . In his first ever fight at welterweight (147), Crawford thoroughly dominated Horn, winning every round and flooring the Australian en route to a 9th-round TKO victory. The fight was never close, as Crawford staggered Horn with a straight left hand from a southpaw stance almost immediately, setting the tone for a night where Horn’s toughness and courage would be commended but his ring skills wouldn’t. For the rest of the fight, Crawford showboated, switched stances, and consistently landed clean, hard punches on his far slower opponent before finally forcing referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight by teeing off on Horn after he got up from a knockdown.

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#UFC225 Tonight, the old got fed to the young. -Anthony Smith (29) def. Rashad Evans (38) -Mirsad Bektic (27) def. Ricardo Lamas (36) -Curtis Blaydes (27) def. Alistair Overeem (38) -Tai Tuivasa (25) def. Andrei Arlovski (39) -Robert Whittaker (27) def. Yoel Romero (41)

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53 Robert Whittaker Takes a Controversial Nod Over Yoel Romero in Epically Brutal Battle (UFC 225 Results) | MMAWeekly.com
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55 UFC 225 ‘Whittaker vs. Romero 2’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring
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58 UFC's Karolina Is Hot Fire In New Beachside Bikini Pic Update - MMA Imports
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60 UFC 225 winner Chris De La Rocha, 39, says first octagon victory 'could be' his last fight
61 Greg Hardy wants redemption in the octagon, whether or not he can change minds
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65 Jon Anik on Instagram: “Your guy @dc_mma on Conan tonight! Late-night TV debut for the natural!”
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67 Survival or Submission - What is the Objective?
68 Amanda Nunes reacts to Holly Holm after UFC 225; Cris Cyborg chimes in with suggestion
69 Robert Whittaker Defeats Yoel Romero In UFC 225 Half-Title Fight | UFC Results - MMA Imports
70 Rafael Dos Anjos breaks silence following UFC 225
71 Dana White updates on status of CM Punk, Mike Jackson | BJPenn.com
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73 From hospital bed, Yoel Romero declares 'I am the champ' after UFC 225
74 As Ronda Rousey joins UFC Hall of Fame, it feels like farewell for good
75 @rondarousey on Instagram: “This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the Hall of Fame. May I be the…”
76 Here's the UFC 225 Scorecard for Whittaker vs. Romero; Do You Agree With the Judges? | MMAWeekly.com
77 CM Punk Breaks His Silence, Releases Statement On Failing As A UFC Fighter - MMA Imports
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90 Baby Bump Gone! Tate Looks Great, Back In Shape After Birth Of First Child - MMA Imports