AUSTRALIA’S Robert Whittaker will defend his middleweight strap towards Cuban wreckingball Yoel Romero at UFC 225 Chicago.
Whittaker grew to become the primary Australian to win a UFC title when he defeated Romero at UFC 213, edging a detailed determination over the 41-year-old Soldier of God.
‘The Reaper’ is quietly assured of including an eighth-straight middleweight scalp and retaining his belt on among the finest UFC playing cards of 2018 that options fellow Aussie phenoms Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa and Megan Anderson.
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HOW TO WATCH: Purchase Whittaker v Romero II at www.mainevent.com.au
WHEN: Sunday, June 10, 12pm AEST
WHERE: The fights will go down on the United Center – dwelling of the Chicago Bulls
BETTING: Whittaker is the $1.43 TAB favorite, whereas Romero is $2.80 for the win
UFC 225 FIGHT CARD
Middleweight title: Champion Robert Whittaker (19-Four) v Yoel Romero (13-2)
Interim welterweight title: Rafael dos Anjos (28-9) v Colby Covington (13-1)
Holly Holm (11-Four) v Megan Anderson (Eight-2)
Andrei Arlovski (27-15) v Tai Tuivasa (7-Zero)
CM Punk (Zero-1) v Mike Jackson (Zero-1)
Alistair Overeem v Curtis Blaydes
Claudia Gadelha v Carla Esparza
Ricardo Lamas v Mirsad Bektic
Rashan Coulter v Chris De La Rocha
Rashad Evans v Anthony Smith
Joseph Benavidez v Sergio Pettis
Clay Guida v Charles Oliveira
Dan Ige v Mike Santiago
AUSSIES TO WATCH
ROBERT WHITTAKER KEYS TO VICTORY: Australia’s most profitable MMA fighter is unbeaten at middleweight, capturing the vacant UFC title in his final bout towards Romero.
The Reaper did an exquisite job nullifying the Soldier of God’s Olympic-level wrestling, permitting him to work Romero over on the ft. Whittaker’s time with Australia’s Commonwealth Games wrestling staff this 12 months may show to be the distinction.
TAI TUIVASA: There’s no secret to “Bam Bam’s” sport plan: Walk ahead and knock the opposite bloke out with kicks, punches and knees. All of the hulking heavyweight’s seven wins have come by the best way of knockout however he’ll get the sternest check of his profession when he faces MMA legend and former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski. Tuivasa should train endurance and choose his photographs, utilizing kicks and feints to preserve Arlovski second guessing earlier than exploding.
MEGAN ANDERSON: The Aussie will make her UFC debut towards former bantamweight titleholder and arguably essentially the most embellished fight sports activities fighter on the planet, Holly Holm. Anderson was set to make debut towards essentially the most the scary lady on the planet, Cris Cyborg, however pulled out of the fight citing private causes. It will probably be a case of out of the frying pan into the fireplace for Anderson on Sunday. The Aussie should utilise her 6 foot body and important attain benefit if she is to overcome the artful veteran.
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Originally printed as Aussies headline UFC occasion of the 12 months