On Saturday, June 9, the UFC returns to the Windy City, hosting UFC 224: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 from the United Center in Chicago.
In the night’s main event, the promotion’s middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, will put his belt on the line against a familiar face, Yoel Romero. The pair met last July at UFC 213 with Whittaker claiming the interim title via decision. “Bobby Knuckles” was later promoted to undisputed champion after Georges St-Pierre relinquished the belt. Romero, meanwhile, rebounded by defeating former champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in February.
Gold is also on the line in the co-main event as former lightweight kingpin Rafael dos Anjos clashes with Colby Covington for the interim welterweight strap. The Brazilian dos Anjos has yet to taste defeat in the 170-pound division, while Covington rides a four-fighting winning streak into the match-up.
The 13-fight event kicks off Saturday at 6:15 p.m. with four fights streaming live on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary-card bouts follow on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, with the five-fight main card airing live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
The fighters will hit the scales at 7 p.m. ET on Friday. A live video feed appears above (courtesy of the UFC), while the results appear below.
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Robert Whittaker (185) vs. Yoel Romero (186)* – for middleweight title
Rafael dos Anjos (169) vs. Colby Covington (169) – for interim welterweight title
Holly Holm (146) vs. Megan Anderson (146)
Andrei Arlovski (249) vs. Tai Tuivasa (261)
Phil “CM Punk” Brooks (169) vs. Mike Jackson (170.5)
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card
Alistair Overeem (244) vs. Curtis Blaydes (254)
Claudia Gadelha (116) vs. Carla Esparza (116)
Ricardo Lamas (145) vs. Mirsad Bektic (146)
Rashad Coulter (247) vs. Chris de la Rocha (261)
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Rashad Evans (205) vs. Anthony Smith (206)
Joseph Benavidez (125.5) vs. Sergio Pettis (126)
Clay Guida (154) vs. Charles Oliveira (155)
Mike Santiago (145) vs. Dan Ige (146)
* – Romero was given two additional hours to make weight and weighed in at 185.2 pounds on his second attempt
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