The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Chicago, Illinois for its sixth pay-per-view of the year on Saturday, June 9 for UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2. In the main event, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker defends his title against Yoel Romero in a rematch of their bout from UFC 213, where Whittaker won the interim middleweight championship. Whittaker was later promoted to undisputed champion when Georges St-Pierre vacated the title due to ulcerative colitis following UFC 217.
That is just the beginning of what is turning out to be a stacked event.
In the co-main event, top welterweight contenders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington go toe-to-toe in a bout that could determine the next challenger for the 170-pound title. Former Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson makes her long-awaited UFC debut on the night, taking on former women’s bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm. Phil “CM Punk” Brooks also returns to action for his sophomore appearance in the Octagon, taking on Mike Jackson.
Other intriguing bouts include Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes, Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis, and Claudia Gadelha vs. Carla Esparza. Former UFC champions Andrei Arlovski and Rashad Evans will also be in action.
Below is all of the information you will need to catch the event from the opening bout.
UFC 225: Fight Time & Viewing Details
Event: UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Venue: United Center
Pay-Per-View Card Time: 10:00 P.M. EST
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1, Pay-per-view
UFC 225 Fight Card
|Middleweight||Robert Whittaker (c)||vs.||Yoel Romero|
|Welterweight||Rafael dos Anjos||vs.||Colby Covington|
|Women’s Featherweight||Holly Holm||vs.||Megan Anderson|
|Heavyweight||Alistair Overeem||vs.||Curtis Blaydes|
|Welterweight||CM Punk||vs.||Mike Jackson|
|Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Flyweight||Joseph Benavidez||vs.||Sergio Pettis|
|Women’s Strawweight||Cláudia Gadelha||vs.||Carla Esparza|
|Heavyweight||Andrei Arlovski||vs.||Tai Tuivasa|
|Light Heavyweight||Rashad Evans||vs.||Anthony Smith|
|Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Featherweight||Ricardo Lamas||vs.||Mirsad Bektić|
|Heavyweight||Rashad Coulter||vs.||Allen Crowder|
|Featherweight||Mike Santiago||vs.||Dan Ige|
UFC 225 Betting Odds
Odds are currently favoring the champion, with Whittaker a narrow favorite carrying -190 odds. Romero, meanwhile, sits at +158.