After months of underwhelming pay-per-view events, fans finally have a fight card worth getting excited about Saturday night for UFC 225 at the United Center in Chicago.
Earlier in the week, Whittaker was asked whether he would take the fight if Romero missed weight again.
Romero dropped Whittaker a second time with a left hand in the fifth - but again, he survived.
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Whittaker opened strong, immediately attacking Romero's lead leg with side kicks before establishing a solid jab. As a result of Romero missing weight, Rockhold could only win the interim title if he won the fight.
Outside of Francis Ngannou, Romero is probably the scariest fighter on the UFC roster.
That said, their second encounter remains a mouth-watering proposition over five rounds.
Romero landed several other strikes, but Whittaker survived and landed a few of his own in an epic round.
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Bisping on Romero coming up 0.2 pounds short: "I'm not the first person to jump to Yoel Romero's defense, but I will say this: It's a tricky one".
And because it wasn't a title fight, the UFC should be extra grateful that Whittaker ended up beating Romero. Now that he is on the sidelines working more and more with FOX Sports, the former UFC middleweight champion remains that way. All three judges scored the fight for Tuivasa via identical 29-28 scores. Plus, a new interim champion was crowned in the form of Colby "Chaos" Covington.
In his second pro fight, former WWE star CM Punk, a Chicago native, had the crowd chanting his name in the first round, but Punk was unable to show any sense of force in the cage against Mike Jackson (1-1).
Also on the main card, Holly Holm (11-4) takes on highly-touted UFC newcomer Megan Anderson (8-2) with a shot at featherweight champion Cris Cyborg likely on the line. On Friday, he came in at 185.2 for his title fight with Robert Whittaker, forcing it to be a non-title fight affair.
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