Today is the day, one of the most anticipated UFC events of the calendar here is finally here. MyMMANews.com has complete UFC 225 results from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, June 9, 2018.
In the main event, UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker meets challenger Yoel Romero for a second time. Whittaker is the only man to hold a victory over Romero. Yesterday however, Romero lost his redemption opportunity as he came in heavy for the title picture. Romero first weighed in at 186 pounds, over the 185 pound title limit. On his second attempt Romero weighed 185.2 and now cannot win the middleweight title. This one was a back and forth classic and although it would not be for the belt, Romero put on a hell of a fight, losing a close split decision.
The co-main event was an interim welterweight title matchup between former UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos and rising star Colby Covington. WOW!!!! Did Colby Covington put on a show. He defeated Dos Anjos by unanimous decision and said he was going to put the title on President Trump’s desk.
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm took on former Invita FC featherweight champ Megan Anderson who made her organizational debut. It was obvious from the get go that Holm had the experience and higher profile fights. She wins unanimously.
What a great start to the night as Dan Ige landed 27 significant strikes in a 50 second fight to finish 33 fight veteran Mike Santiago. Ige connected with a big right hand and continued the assault before referee Kevin MacDonald called an end to the contest in under one minute.
A jab cut longtime UFC veteran Clay Guida in his preliminary bout with Charles Oliveira. Guida went in for a takedown, Oliveira grabs the head, applies the guillotine choke and gets the finish in the first round. Oliveira ties Royce Gracie with 10 submission wins in the UFC.
Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith may have handed former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans his final loss inside the UFC octagon. Wow, a knee puts Evans away in the first.
What a first round between Rashad Coulter and Chris de la Rocha. Absolute war. De la Rocha was cut bad over the right eye, was in danger, but managed to wobble Coulter. The two kept throwing heavy hands. De la Rocha gets his first UFC win when he stops Coulter with ground and pound in the second. Amazing heavyweight bout.
Claudia Gadelha and Carla Esparza were finally able to meet after the fight was twice scheduled under the Invicta FC banner years ago. On both occasions Gadelha pulled out late, but today they were able to find out who would prevail. Gadelha was finding success on her feet until Esparza was able to rock Gadelha with a big right hand. Gadelha stumbled and Esparza followed up. Gadelha was able to recover and get on top, while working several submissions before the round came to a close. Gadelha might have won the second with a dominant position but the third round is where she began to fall apart. Her right eye almost swollen shut and bloodied, Gadelha is falling victim to the relentless attack by the former UFC strawweight champion. Gadelha wins this one by way of split decision.
Curtis Blaydes delivered a nasty, nasty finish to one of the best heavyweights of all time, Alistair Overeem. Blaydes demolished the face of Overeem with nasty elbows in the third round and later said he believes he is next in line for a title shot.
CM Punk and Mike Jackson kicked off the pay-per-view portion of the card. Jackson wins a unanimous decision in a fight he could have finished multiple times.
During the broadcast it was announced that former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would be the first woman inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Complete UFC 225 results below:
Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
Robert Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero via split decision
Colby Covington defeated Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) for interim UFC welterweight title
Holly Holm defeated Megan Anderson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Tai Tuivasa defeated Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Jackson defeated CM Punk via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Preliminary Bouts (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)
Curtis Blaydes defeated Alistair Overeem via TKO – Round 3, 2:56
Claudia Gadelha defeated Carla Esparza via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mirsad Bektic defeated Ricardo Lamas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Chris de la Rocha defeated Rashad Coulter via TKO – Round 2, 3:53
Preliminary Bouts (UFC Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m. ET)
Anthony Smith defeated Rashad Evans via KO – Round 1, 0:53
Sergio Pettis defeated Joseph Benavidez split via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Charles Oliveira defeated Clay Guida via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:18
Dan Ige defeated Mike Santiago via TKO – Round 1, 0:50