Whittaker Faces Romero as Betting Favorite on UFC 225 Odds

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UFC 225 Full Official Weigh-in Video: Whittaker Makes the Mark; Romero Does Not

Saturday's UFC 225 main event hit a snag prior to weigh-ins, as Yoel Romero was unable to make the middleweight mark of 185 pounds. After a conservative start, Romero dropped Whittaker with a right hand early in the third round. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. Whittaker got back up and they engaged in the clinch. Seemingly still shaken, Whittaker was able to target a few big elbows that landed clean but couldn't halt the attack.

Romero (13-2), meanwhile, was sharp in his last outing on February 10, knocking out former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold with a crushing left hand.

However, if Dos Anjos can tap into his Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu background and keep Covington at bay with powerful kicks, he will stand a great chance at winning and giving backers a payoff. Romero went for a spinning backfist. He immediately turtled up and defend his head as Romero tried to punch away at the body and head.

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It was the second time in as many fights that "The Soldier of God" came in heavy for a world championship bout and in spite of the fact that he looked in considerable pain following his weight cut, the fight with Whittaker is going ahead. However, in a close fight, volume has a favorable effect on the judges' scorecards.

Romero needed to get down to 185 pounds or less to ensure he could compete for the middleweight strap on Saturday at United Center. Whittaker showed incredible resolve in survival, crawling again to his feet and trying to peel away the arms. It's a rematch of a contest from last July in which Whittaker (20-4) battled through a knee injury to eke out a unanimous 48-47 decision.

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