The UFC circus lands in Chicago, Illinois this Saturday for UFC 225.
The lineup is completely stacked from top to bottom.
Matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard did a remarkable job with this card.
The UFC Fight Pass prelims alone feature former light heavyweight world champion Rashad Evans, a battle between #1 and #5 ranked Flyweights Joe Benavidez and Sergio Pettis, along with the always exciting 6-time Fight of the Night bonus recipient Clay”The Carpenter” Guida.
The undercard will be broadcast live on FS1. Former title challenger Ricardo Lamas will square off against Bosnian Mirsad Bektic. Mirsad is coming off a Performance of the Night when he knocked out Godofredo Pepey in the 1st round back in January.
There is also a showdown between two former Strawweight name challengers Brazilian Claudia Gadelha and”Cookie Monster” Carla Esparza. In addition, we get to find another name challenger Alistair Overeem collide with the up and coming Curtis”Razor” Blaydes in a heavyweight matchup with severe title implications.
And that’s just the undercard. I am pumped!
Kicking off the principal card will be former WWE superstar and hometown boy C.M. Punk. Then we will see former world champions and current teammates Andrei Arlovski and Holly Holm in actions and two title fights in the main and co-main event.
Colby”Chaos” Covington was impressive within the Octagon. It’s been his cruel words for Brazilian fans and endless smack talk from the direction of the divisional foes on Twitter which has moved up the Welterweight ladder faster than anything, though.
He will face former 155 lb world champion Rafael Dos Anjos within an Interim Welterweight Title Fight.
The main event is a rematch between the 185-pound division’s best fighters Yoel”The Soldier of God” Romero and the title-holder from New Zealand Robert Whittaker. Whittaker was too much for Romero the first time they locked horns, but both are equally matched and anything can happen when they meet again.