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Preview: UFC 225 ‘Whittaker vs. Romero 2’ - Whittaker vs. Romero

After weeks of lamenting about weak six-hour-plus offerings, the wait is over: the Ultimate Fighting Championship delivers a stellar, stacked card in Chicago this Saturday.

By the Numbers: Alistair Overeem

There is no denying that Alistair Overeem is one of the most fearsome strikers on the planet. At UFC 225 this Saturday, however, he will be facing a young and hungry knockout artist in Curtis Blaydes.

Watch Yoel Romero's painful walk after UFC 225 weigh-in miss

Yoel Romero was hurting as he left UFC 225 official weigh-ins.

UFC 225 Countdown: Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington | MMAWeekly.com

This episode of Countdown to UFC 225 focuses on the heated co-main event interim welterweight championship between Rafael Dos Anjos and Colby Covington.

UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 Weigh-in Replay | MMAWeekly.com

The 26 athletes competing on Satuday's UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 pay-per-view card in Chicago weighed in on Friday.

Yoel Romero claims commission cut off his weight cut, still wants title fight

Yoel Romero appeared to blame the Illinois athletic commission for his miss at the scales prior to UFC 225, and he still wants the promotion to put the middleweight title on the line.

UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 Weigh-in Replay | MMAWeekly.com

The 26 athletes competing on Satuday's UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 pay-per-view card in Chicago weighed in on Friday.

Weekend Boxing Preview: What to Watch

This is a huge weekend for boxing as interesting fights, big name returns, rematches and crossroad matchups are all set to befall. But, if you don’t have the luxury of time to watch everything, here are five fights you shouldn’t miss:

Anthony Smith Hopeful of Competing in August at UFC Fight Night Lincoln Card

On Saturday June 9, Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight Anthony Smith is slated to take on former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans as part of the prelims at UFC 225 inside the United Center in Chicago.

UFC Welterweight Contender Kamaru Usman and Manager Involved in Brawl at PFL 1 (Video) | MMAWeekly.com

UFC welterweight contender Kamaru Usman and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, got involved in a brawl in the audience at Thursday night's PFL 1 in New York.

CM Punk Opens Up on Effects of $4 Million Lawsuit Ahead of UFC 225 | MMAWeekly.com

In addition to preparing for his second-ever MMA bout, CM Punk has been dealing with a $4 million lawsuit. He opened up to MMAWeekly.com's Damon Martin about how it affected his training for the fight.

Relive Robert Whittaker's Bonus-Winning KO of Derek Brunson (UFC 225 Free Fight) | MMAWeekly.com

Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker established himself as a legitamite threat in the division with an impressive victory over Derek Brunson.

Jimmy Smith Previews UFC 225 CM Punk vs. Mike Jackson Bout | MMAWeekly.com

Former WWE superstar CM Punk makes his second walk to the Octagon at UFC 225 where he will face Mike Jackson to kick off the June 9 Pay-Per-View.

Colby Covington Blasts NBA Players Who Won't Meet President Donald Trump | MMAWeekly.com

UFC interim welterweight title contender Colby Covington had some harsh words for NBA players like Kevin Durant and Steph Curry for spurring a potential invite to the White House to meet President Donald Trump.

Yoel Romero claims commission cut off his weight cut, still wants title fight

Yoel Romero appeared to blame the Illinois athletic commission for his miss at the scales prior to UFC 225, and he still wants the promotion to put the middleweight title on the line.

Watch Yoel Romero Flatten Lyoto Machida (UFC 225 Free Fight) | MMAWeekly.com

Olympic silver medalist Yoel Romero was continuing his climb up the middleweight ranks with a victory over Lyoto Machida back in 2015.

Dana White Wants Yoel Romero Fighting For a Light Heavyweight Title - MMA Imports

Yoel Romero missed weight for his interim title fight against

Watch Robert Whittaker Takes Out Clint Hester: UFC KO of the Week | MMAWeekly.com

Robert Whittaker had a memorable middleweight debut when he knocked out Clint Hester inside of a minute in the very first round back in 2015.

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Who ya got?! Fighters predict Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero 2 at UFC 225

Middleweight champion Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) meet in a rematch – though it no longer will be for Whittaker’s 185-pound title after Romero missed weight today .

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It sucks to be him, then. He shouldn't have needed the extra hour. It's not as though it's the first time it's happened, either. It's very much his fault.

3 UFC 225 weigh-in results: Yoel Romero barely misses, leaving main event in limbo

Among those weighing in were middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and fellow headliner Yoel Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC), as well as co-headliners Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC), who fight for an interim welterweight title.

4 The Film Room: Rafael Dos Anjos

UFC 225 is now available on Amazon Prime . Former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos takes on surging prospect Colby Covington for the interim welterweight championship Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 225 . Dos Anjos has had a career resurgence since moving up to welterweight and a win this weekend will put him in an elite company of fighters who have earned major championships in two different weight classes. Today we go over the techniques and strategies that make up “RDA.” The Resurrection of RDA William James once said, “Most people never run far enough in their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” Dos Anjos has run so far in the sport of mixed martial arts that he is on his third wind. Early in his career Dos Anjos was a linear submission specialist with decent takedowns. It worked for a while but once he joined the UFC, he went 4-4 in his first eight fights and despite the hype, he turned out to be the one-dimensional fighter most expected. Then came a five-fight win streak, including a win over Donald Cerrone that earned him a fight with the highly-touted prospect, Khabib Nurmagomedov .

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6 UFC 225 weigh-in results: Yoel Romero barely misses, leaving main event in limbo

Among those weighing in were middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and fellow headliner Yoel Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC), as well as co-headliners Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC), who fight for an interim welterweight title.

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Hopefully that is is it for former UFC LHW champ Rashad Evans. 53-second knee KO for Anthony Smith in the clinch against the fence. Not a shot he would have gotten caught with in his prime. And now winless in 5 straight. It's hard to go but it's time.

8 UFC 225 weigh-in results: Yoel Romero barely misses, leaving main event in limbo

Among those weighing in were middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and fellow headliner Yoel Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC), as well as co-headliners Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC), who fight for an interim welterweight title.

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Fight Facts: PFL 1 2018 Regular Season Debut

What a night for the Heavyweights! The race for the #PFLmma playoffs is heating up. #PFL1 pic.twitter.com/Sb5JDykbjb — #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) June 8, 2018 PFL Featherweight Standings following the completion of #PFL1 in New York. Which fighter had the best performance of the night? #PFLmma #MMA #NewYorkCity pic.twitter.com/z80aWuwMqZ — #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) June 8, 2018 Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information and cage curiosities on every card, with some puns, references and portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories behind those numbers. The organization formerly known as World Series of Fighting brought with it more than a new name to Madison Square Garden in New York City, lighting the fuse for the first season of the Professional Fighters League in 2018. The landmark event held bouts at featherweight and heavyweight, and featured a rare high flying knockout, a “Comeback of the Year” contender, and an undefeated fighter with no end to his streak in sight.

11 UFC 225 weigh-in results: Yoel Romero barely misses, leaving main event in limbo

Among those weighing in were middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and fellow headliner Yoel Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC), as well as co-headliners Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC), who fight for an interim welterweight title.

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He is the definition of stat padder the reason I respect conor is he fights tough fights in different weight classes this punk fights the same guys over and over again and calls himself the goat

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UFC 225: DraftKings Fantasy MMA Fighter Picks - DraftKings Playbook

I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is mookiealexander) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.

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UFC 225 Results: Charles Oliveira submits Clay Guida (VIDEO) | BJPenn.com

A lightweight bout between veterans Clay Guida and Charles Oliveira took place during tonight’s UFC 225 Fight Pass prelims from Chicago.

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LFA 42 Results & Highlights: Derrick Krantz and Justin Willis Take the Spotlight | MMAWeekly.com

Former Legacy Fighting Alliance Welterweight Champion Derrick Krantz (22-10) returned from injury on Friday to defeat Kassius Kayne (12-5) by split decision in the main event on AXS TV FIGHTS: LEGACY FIGHTING ALLIANCE 42.

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Michael Bisping on Yoel Romero missing weight for UFC 225: 'Who does this guy think he is?'

“I’m not the first person to jump to Yoel Romero’s defense, but I will say this: It’s a tricky one,” Bisping said. “OK, he pushed himself too far to where he was within an inch of his life, that’s why the commission stepped in. But really? 0.2 pounds? That’s not a lot. Forgive me for being crude, but you can go to the bathroom and get rid of that pretty quick.”

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More details emerge in alleged domestic violence incident involving Nick Diaz

According to the report, two officers arrived on scene after receiving a domestic disturbance call and encountered the alleged victim, who said the argument started after she found out he was sleeping with one of her friends. She said she threw a glass of water in Diaz’s face, and Diaz “became even more angry” and grabbed her by the head and slammed her to the ground, causing her to hit her head. She said she ran out of the house to escape, but Diaz followed her and picked her up, slamming her on her hip by a pool.

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Luke Rockhold had a one-word reaction to Yoel Romero missing weight at UFC 225

Rockhold has been relatively silent in the months since his loss to Romero. He’s currently dealing with a leg injury, but even from the sidelines he gave a snide reaction to Romero’s second consecutive weigh-in miss (via Twitter ):

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Jon Bones Jones on Instagram: “You’re a special type of liar bro and honestly I feel sorry for you. Actually think I feel more sorry for anyone in your life who believes…”

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Holly is soooo much faster, and she does best when people chase her, which is why I say Holm. But Anderson has power and super long limbs, so anything can happen! What would REALLY be interesting is if it goes to the ground 👀🙄😂

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Here's Gadelha's Final UFC 225 Fight Physique Ahead of Esparza Fight - MMA Imports

Included on the night’s fight card, Claudia Gadelha is set to throw down with Carla Esparza in a battle for division supremacy. Taking to Instagram, Gadelha has now decided to share a photo of herself looking fit ahead of the big match up.

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Pettis shucks another takedown and lands a body kick. Low calf kick for Benavidez. They both land rights, Joe to the body, Pettis upstairs. Joe shoots a single against the cage again #UFC225

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30 UFC 225 weigh-in results: Yoel Romero barely misses, leaving main event in limbo

Among those weighing in were middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and fellow headliner Yoel Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC), as well as co-headliners Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC), who fight for an interim welterweight title.

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Mickey Gall Picking CM Punk over Mike Jackson at UFC 225 in Chicago

Gall added, “Punk lasted 2:14 with me, which is pretty impressive. MJ lasted only :45. Punk has almost triple the time of ufc experience.” — Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 6, 2018 UFC 225 is now available on Amazon Prime . On Saturday night, former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Phil Brooks -- better known as “CM Punk” -- makes his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship . In his second appearance inside the Octagon he is scheduled to take Mike Jackson to kick off the main card of UFC 225 in Chicago. Punk had his first fight in September 2016 against the young prospect Mickey Gall. Punk was completely outclassed in the fight before Gall eventually locked in a rear-naked choke and finished the fight in 2:14 in the opening period. Jackson (0-1), also lost to Gall via submission, but in 45 seconds seven months earlier in February 2016. In the lead up to the fight this weekend between Punk and Jackson, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani asked Gall for a prediction between the pair. Gall believes Jackson has the skill and experience to beat Punk but is tipping the former WWE star to walk away victorious.

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Coach Duke Roufus Impressed with CM Punk’s Instincts, Progress as a Fighter

UFC 225 is now available on Amazon Prime . On Saturday night, Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight Phil Brooks -- better known as “CM Punk” -- will make his second appearance inside the Octagon against Mike Jackson to kick off the main card of UFC 225 in Chicago. Punk, who is a Chicago native, made his mixed martial arts debut in September 2016 against Mickey Gall . It was a clear mismatch in ability with Gall dominating Punk and submitting him in 2:14 in the very first round. Punk went back to the drawing board and by all accounts has been training hard at his gym at Roufusport in Milwaukee. Head coach and founder of Roufusport, Duke Roufus, talked to MMAFighting.com about the improvements in Punk’s game: “Incredibly. The first fight, I’m not gonna lie, we all rolled the dice. It was like this crazy science project. I haven’t been that nervous before a fight before, honestly. And we’re really good friends. Ariel Helwani and myself and Chael Sonnen in Chicago in January 2013, we all sat together with Punk and watched Ben Askren beat Karl Amoussou when Thursday night Bellator was on.

34 UFC 225 weigh-in results: Yoel Romero barely misses, leaving main event in limbo

Among those weighing in were middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and fellow headliner Yoel Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC), as well as co-headliners Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC), who fight for an interim welterweight title.

35 UFC 225 weigh-in results: Yoel Romero barely misses, leaving main event in limbo

Among those weighing in were middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and fellow headliner Yoel Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC), as well as co-headliners Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC), who fight for an interim welterweight title.

36 UFC 225 weigh-in results: Yoel Romero barely misses, leaving main event in limbo

Among those weighing in were middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and fellow headliner Yoel Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC), as well as co-headliners Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC), who fight for an interim welterweight title.

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Lamas lands a right to start R3 but Bektic comes back with a combo to the body. Lamas kicks the body but Bektic smothers it and clinches him on the cage again #UFC225

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Rashad Coulter bringing usual 'kill or be killed' attitude to UFC 225: 'I'm going for the $50k'

“I’m going to win,” Coulter said. “I honestly, truthfully believe that, in the bottom of my heart. It’s no pressure on me, because once you put that pressure on yourself, then you start doing things that you’re not used to doing. So for me, I’m going to go out there, I’m going to fight how I always fight. I’m going to be aggressive. I’m going to attack first and I’m going to get the win.”

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UFC 225 main-event breakdown: Can Yoel Romero dethrone Robert Whittaker in rematch?

MMAjunkie Radio co-host and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of UFC 225’s top bouts. Today, we look at the main event.

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UFC 225 Results: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 (Full Results and Live Fight Stats) | MMAWeekly.com

(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live analytics and the latest results, courtesy of Fight Analytics. The first UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 bout from Chicago, Ill., is scheduled to begin on Saturday, June 9, at 6:15 p.m. ET / 3:15 p.m. PT.)

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#UFC225 Sergio Pettis gets the nod via split decision. Huge win. Only Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson held wins over Joseph Benavidez until tonight. He snaps Joe B's 6 fight win streak.

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Fuck Demetrious!! Claims to be best p4p ducks only real fight been offered to him in years. He should of taken TJ fight. Lost all respect. Think champ you can't sell pay per veiws would jump at big name fight. But no keeps fighting same weak ass competition he has fought for year

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Can’t wait for cm punk. It’s more of an unknown. Will he get sparked out,will he get grounded. Other guy 0-1 so it could just be shit. Should be entertaining one way or another. Just not a lay and pray. Anything but that. Love BJJ but some guys just lay there. That’s not Fun.

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55 UFC 225 ‘Whittaker vs. Romero 2’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring
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58 CM Punk Suffering From Pre-Fight Anxiety, Cancels Fight Week Obligations - MMA Imports
59 Conor McGregor Reacts To New Spot On Forbes Highest Paid Athletes List - MMA Imports
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62 Josh "The Punk" Thomson
63 UFC 225 weigh-in results: Yoel Romero barely misses, leaving main event in limbo
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65 Bruce Buffer on Instagram: “Cool to to run into @SteveO at the LA airport who is a huge #UFC fan & was boarding an earlier flight to Chicago to go see @UFC 225 which…”
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68 Ricardo Lamas Loses In Front Of Hometown Chicago Crowd | UFC Results - MMA Imports
69 The Latest: Justify captures Triple Crown, wins Belmont
70 UFC 225 results: Chris De La Rocha survives first-round slugfest, grinds out Rashad Coulter in second
71 Breaking: "Mighty Mouse" vs. Henry Cejudo II Booked For UFC 227 - MMA Imports
72 Stephan Bonnar on Instagram: “Next sat June 16 I'm gonna put someone to sleep @fswvegas #HighOctane 7pm #vegas #prowrestling #mma #ufc #halloffame”
73 Rashad Evans Loses Via Knockout, Round 1 In Chicago | UFC Results - MMA Imports
74 Mikebisping on Instagram: “Believe you me it was this big. (Talking about a fish I caught)”
75 After 18 Month Layoff, Benavidez Loses In Return Against Pettis | UFC Results - MMA Imports
76 Karyn Bryant on Instagram: “You wanna piece of this action? Think you can handle it? I've got @karatehottiemma by my side today, so I'm feeling pretty dang scrappy...…”
77 CNN Sets Tribute to Anthony Bourdain
78 Mark Munoz on Instagram: “When you can’t wrestle, you can certainly still train! Thankful for Coach Cal and @treigning_lab for the time put in helping my son be the…”
79 Clay Guida Suffers Quick First Round Defeat Against Charles Oliveira | UFC Results - MMA Imports
80 UFC 225 results: Dan Ige finishes Mike Santiago in just 50 seconds