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How Heavy is the UFC 225 card in the United Center in Chicago of Saturday?

A former light-heavyweight champion (Rashad Evans), a former title challenger and present No. 1 flyweight competition (Joseph Benavidez) plus a sure-to-be exciting lightweight scrap between hometown underdog Clay Guida and Charles’Can Bronx’ Oliveira are buried on the FightPass prelims.
There were assumed to be just two name conflicts, including the most important event between Yoel Romero and middleweight champ Robert Whittaker. However, Romero missed weight by merely 0.2 pounds when he tipped the scales at 185.2 lbs.
For title conflicts, the one-pound allowance isn’t granted. Romero was 186 pounds. He was subsequently given two hours to lose one pound. According to tweets from MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, the head of the Illinois Athletic Commission overruled a doctor on the scene and compelled Romero to quit cutting weight hour to the two-hour time period.
That’s when he went into the scale and came up 0.2 pounds short. His camp was allegedly upset and felt if awarded the other hour that he was supposed to be allowed, Romero would’ve hit his mark. He confirmed that in his interview with Joe Rogan in the weigh-ins that were early Friday night. “I really don’t why the Commission decided not to give me the 2 hours,” Romero said.
Whittaker still wanted to fight and was not interested in placing weight limitations on Romero for Saturday (like we saw with Darren Till vs.’Wonderboy’ Thompson in Liverpool two weeks back ). The most important event will still occur, though Whittaker’s strap will not be on the line.
Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) was a -220 favorite for most of this week. Night, the number was up into the -250/260 range. Romero was the +210 underdog (risk $100 to win $210). The total has been 4.5 rounds (‘under’ -165,’over’ +145).
Whittaker has won eight successive battles since dropping by first-round knockout to Thompson in UFC 170. His only defeat in the Octagon came from Court McGee. The 27-year-old New Zealander is 7-0 since moving upward from welterweight to the 185-pound loop. In Whittaker seven conflicts, he has garnered three Performance of the Night bonuses and participated in 3 Fights of the Night.
Whittaker won the interim middleweight belt by beating Romero by unanimous decision (48-47 across) in UFC 213 at Las Vegas last July. He became the undisputed champ when Georges St. Pierre relinquished the name due to an illness.

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