UFC 225 Pay-Per-View event is set to take place this Saturday night (June 9, 2018) from inside United Center in Chicago, IL. The main headliner features current champion Robert Whittaker looking to defend the title against power-punching contender Yoel Romero.
Whittaker had been waiting to unify the title with the victor of Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre, who fought in November of 2017, but after St-Pierre claimed the belt, he quickly vacated it, citing health issues.
Romero earned his shot at the title after defeating Luke Rockhold via vicious third round knockout at UFC 221 in Australia this past February. Sadly a very serious illness hospitalized the UFC middleweight champ and he was forced to withdraw.
While things between Covington and dos Anjos have gotten very personal over the past several weeks in the lead up to their fight, the American also has his sights on other weight classes as well.
A string of medical issues have held Whittaker out-of-action since his victory over Romero, and his first fight back will be against the same man - this time in a title defense against his Cuban counterpart. Bobby Knuckles spoke to ESPN on the upcoming rematch, and offered up his thoughts.
"I knew what's coming already". I really do. He's done it all.
"He's a human specimen, to begin with, and he's one of the most athletic, explosive and talented humans on the planet".
"Once I step in the Octagon, there is no trash talking". "I'm thinking about his takedowns; I'm thinking about not getting hit with his sledgehammer hands". That, for 25 minutes, it takes a toll. To do that, he must clean out a murderers' row of title hopefuls in the middleweight division.
"I want to be the best fighter ever, there ever was, there ever has been; there ever could be", Whittaker said. "Just two guys fighting".