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UFC 225 happened last night from Chicago. The second time fight happened between Whittaker vs. Romero. The main event of the night was between the UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker against Yoel Romero. Former WWE Champion CM Punk went against Mike Jackson in a quest to score his first victory in the Octagon.

In the Preliminary card;

Dan Ige def. Mike Santiago via TKO (punches) at 0:50 of Round 1

Charles Oliveira def. Clay Guida via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:18 of Round 1

Johnson def. Cejudo via TKO at Round 1

Sergio Pettis def. Joseph Benavidez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Anthony Smith def. Rashad Evans via KO (knee) at 0:32 of Round 1

Chris de la Rocha def. Rashad Coulter via TKO (strikes) at 3:53 of Round 2

Mirsad Bektic def Ricardo Lamas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Claudia Gadelha def. Carla Esparza via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Curtis Blaydes def. Alistair Overeem via TKO at 2:56 of Round 3

In the Main Card;

Mike Jackson def. CM Punk

Hometown favourite CM Punk was greeted with huge “CM Punk” chant even before the main card fight started at UFC 225. Despite Punk’s efforts, Jackson was able to connect with a couple of punches which burst Punk open. As they got into the second round, Jackson landed a brutal right hand which stunned the former WWE Champion, and eventually, Jackson got a takedown, causing more damage on the busted up Punk.

As the third round started, Punk was visibly tired, while Jackson was obviously relaxed and feeling his complete work already. Jackson connected with another right which sent Punk wobbling. Punk managed to attempt a takedown, but this time, met a brutal left from Jackson which sent him to the mat.

It looked like Jackson was toying with Punk as he could end the fight if he had wanted at any time, instead, he continued to follow up Punk with great relaxation, maintaining the top position as he grounded Punk, and that went on till the round ended.

Tai Tuivasa def. Andrei Arlovski via Unanimous Decision (29-28) in the three rounds

Holly Holm def. Megan Anderson

Anderson started off the first round very hard, with a huge height advantage. Anderson first connected with a huge knee, sending Holm against the cage. Both ladies went on at each other almost giving them 50-50 points against each other. As the second round kicked off, Holm attempted an early takedown but Anderson defended properly, but when Anderson went for a huge knee and missed, Holm took her down, connecting with some fine shots and elbows from the side.

Holm continued the third round with a body kick. Holm succeded in another takedown and maintained control but later, both women got up. Holm continued to dominate, connecting with kicks before sending Anderson to the ground. As the fight continued on the ground, Holm took full control with some painful ground-and-pound tactics until the end.

UFC Interim Welterweight Championship: Colby Covington def. Rafael dos Anjos via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)

UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker def. Yoel Romero via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

This was a non-title fight for the main event. Whittaker started off the first round attacking Romero’s front leg. Both men went back-and-fought, with Whittaker getting more of the front role. Into the second round, Romero opened it up with more determination. Landing a fine kick against Whittaker. Whittaker went on again as the fight progressed, connecting with a few jabs forcing Romero’s right eye to swell up.

Into the Round of three. Whittaker opened with a fine leg kick. Romero fought back, sending Whittaker wobbling with a fine right hand. Romero looked more dangerous here, went for a takedown but Whittaker defended successfully. Whittaker landed a brutal elbow on Romero, and both men clinched again. The round was quite impressive for both fighters, with Romero looking ahead. As the fight went into the fourth round, Whittaker connected with a kick to the body of Romero before landing a second to the head.

Romero looked worn out already, unable to defend the attacks. After a few minutes stoppage following low-blow on Romero, the fight started back with Whittaker connecting with impressive jabs and then a high kick. The fight went on, Romero got a couple jabs of his own and eventually landed a brutal right hand on Whittaker before the round ended.

Into the Round of five: Romero came out viciously, landing huge shots that sent Whittaker stumbling. He went on to miss a fine spinning back kick attempt and got caught by 1-2 jabs from Whittaker. Finally, Romero got Whittaker to the ground but Whittaker very well defended himself against Romero’s shots. Romero looked dangerous in this round, forcing Whittaker to hugely be on the defense. Into the last few seconds, Romero went for another spin kick but was caught with a front kick. The fight ended, and both men raised their hands.