MMA event UFC 225 takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday June 10 (June 9 in the US). The fight show is headlined by the defending middleweight champion Australian Robert Whittaker who faces Cuban Yoel Romero in the championship rematch.
The pair originally met last July in Las Vegas, where the Australian Mixed Martial Artist earned the interim belt by decision. He was later promoted to an undisputed champion, after Geroges St-Pierre vacated the title he claimed from Michael Bisping. Aspiring to take the revenge and become a new titleholder, ranked No. 1 in the middleweight class Romero is coming off the third-round knockout win against Luke Rockhold claimed in February.
The co-main event is the interim welterweight title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The reigning champion in the division is Tyron Woodley. Also on the card the former WWE star CM Punk makes his second appearance inside the Octagon, going up against welterweight Mike Jackson.
On Sunday the promotion presented the official UFC 225 poster via Twitter. The current lineup can be found below. The fight order is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
UFC 225 fight card
Middleweight Robert Whittaker (c) vs. Yoel Romero
Welterweight Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington
Women’s Featherweight Holly Holm vs. Megan Anderson
Heavyweight Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes
Welterweight CM Punk vs. Mike Jackson
Flyweight Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis
Women’s Strawweight Claudia Gadelha vs. Carla Esparza
Heavyweight Andrei Arlovski vs. Tai Tuivasa
Light Heavyweight Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith
Featherweight Ricardo Lamas vs. Mirsad Bekti?
Heavyweight Rashad Coulter vs. Allen Crowder
Featherweight Mike Santiago vs. Dan Ige
Lightweight Clay Guida vs. Bobby Green