UFC 225

UFC 225 is upon us with the year’s deepest card. UFC 225 emanates from Chicago at the United Center on Saturday.

UFC 225 marks the most significant event of the organization’s 2018 schedule so far, bringing a card stacked with two championship fights and a number of marquee stars to United Center in Chicago.

From the middleweight championship rematch between Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Yoel Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) to the interim welterweight title showdown between and Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC) and Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC)), as well as a number of potential No. 1 contender fights, UFC 225 has a little bit of something for everyone.

The first time Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero locked horns last year, it was a nip and tuck battle won by Whittaker via three scores of 48-47. Expect more of the same on Saturday, but while Romero looked scarier than ever in knocking out Luke Rockhold, Whittaker will be a lot more dangerous himself, considering that he fought most of the first fight with an injured knee. Bottom line, enjoy this one between the two best middleweights in the game.

The talk is just about over from Colby Covington. Now he’s got to deliver on fight night, and that will be a tall order against former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Clearly the biggest step up for Covington, Dos Anjos has looked better than ever since moving to 170 pounds, but “Chaos” does have the size and wrestling-based style that can nullify Dos Anjos’ skill set. Five rounds is a long time to keep RDA at bay, though.

The wait for Megan Anderson’s UFC debut is over, and she’s got the opportunity to make an immediate impact at 145 pounds when she faces former world champ Holly Holm. This is an interesting stylistic matchup given Anderson’s aggressive striking attack and Holm’s effective counterstriking. And while Holm has been in every fight she’s lost, with defeats in four of her last five, she will have to up her work rate to beat Anderson, and if she does that, a heck of a fight might be in store.

Back in business after a five-fight losing streak, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski has won back-to-back bouts heading into Saturday’s bout with Australian knockout artist Tai Tuivasa, yet with a 9-0 record with nine first-round knockouts, many are predicting that this is the coming out party for “Bam Bam.” Arlovski hasn’t been at the top of the game for this long by accident, though, and if he can make it ugly in the first round and take Tuivasa into waters he’s never seen before, it’s a whole new ballgame at United Center.

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