UFC 225 Fight Night-fight card, odds, predictions
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brings its long-awaited UFC 225 pay-per-view (PPV) event to the United Center tomorrow night (Sat., June 9, 2018) in Chicago, Illinois, in what looks to be the most stacked fight card of the year.
Rafael dos Anjos vs Colby Covington for the interim welterweight title should be a cracker, whilst Holly Holm, Megan Anderson, CM Punk, Tai Tuivasa, Alistair Overeem, Rashad Evans and more are all in action.
UFC 225 Fight Night – Main card, Live Time, Tv Chanel, Odds
When and where is UFC 225?
The fight card is on Saturday, 9 June at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Due to the time difference it will be shown early in the morning of Sunday, 10 June in the UK.
What TV channel is UFC 225 on in the UK and is there a live stream?
BT Sport 2 will be showing the card live with coverage of the prelims starting at 1am on Sunday and then the main card at 3am.
As always, Matthew Ryder, Steven Rondina, Scott Harris and Nathan McCarter are here to break down the five bouts on the main card and give you their predictions.
Who emerges with gold around their waist? Who takes the next steps up the rung in their respective divisions? Let’s find out from the crew with the UFC 225 staff predictions.
I have to confess two things: I fancy myself something of an expert of the MMA career of CM Punk, and I have greatly enjoyed everything about it. I’ve found it completely fascinating, both that it happened at all and how it’s played out. I’m probably open to paying for this fight, and maybe even one or two more in his career, irrespective of how he shows himself on Saturday.
Am I an idiot? Likely. Am I such an idiot as to pick Punk to win against Mike Jackson? Nope.
Jackson, TKO, Round 1
Watch the training footage that was spliced into the UFC’s trailer for this fight. Really watch it closely. It’s not a flattering side-by-side for Punk. Couple that with the huge distraction of defending himself in court during fight week, and the outlook is bleak for the ex-pro wrestler.
Jackson, TKO, Rd. 2
Let’s focus on Jackson for a second. He is an admitted MMA hobbyist. He’s a photographer. He’s a longtime friend of UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard. This will be his second fight as a pro, both in the UFC, and both related to Punk (his first loss came in a bout with Mickey Gall to determine Punk’s first opponent).
This is nothing whatsoever against Jackson, but it says everything about Punk. The UFC is doing backflips to get him a win and keep the Punk gravy train rolling. We’ll see how it goes. But Punk, who’s 39, isn’t getting any younger or less injury-plagued. Jackson puts him down.
Jackson, submission, Rd. 1
I picked CM Punk to win his debut on principle. Everyone was counting him out without ever having seen him perform. Well, now I’ve seen him. Still, I’ll take a flier on Punk. Why? Mickey Gall believes in him (h/t MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani). The man who fought both knows better than I.
Punk, submission, Rd. 2