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The MMA Vivisection - UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero II picks, odds, & analysis

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Zane Simon & Phil Mackenzie of break down this week’s UFC card in Chicago, IL. With picks and odds for every bout on the card. From Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero 2 in the main event down to Dan Ige vs. Mike Santiago in the opening prelims.

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The first big UFC card in a while is finally here. UFC 225 takes place this Saturday, June 9th in Chicago, Illinois. And it looks like a great card from top to bottom, even if Yoel Romero didn’t make weight. Signs are that Romero’s fight with Robert Whittaker is still on as a non-title bout. In the co-main Rafael dos Anjos fights Colby Covington for the interim welterweight title, and Holly Holm battles Megan Anderson for the next crack at Cris Cyborg. That’s not even the start of the great fights, as the prelims are littered with top contender bouts as well.

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Here’s a look at the UFC 225 card as it (very tentatively) stands right now:

PPV CARD
Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero - 2:07:57
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington - 1:50:42
Holly Holm vs. Megan Anderson - 1:40:32
Andrei Arlovski vs. Tai Tuivasa - 1:29:39
CM Punk vs. Mike Jackson - 1:18:50

FS1 PRELIMS
Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes - 1:07:48
Claudia Gadelha vs. Carla Esparza - 58:18
Ricardo Lamas vs. Mirsad Bektic - 44:34
Rashad Coulter vs. Chris de la Rocha - 38:23

FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith - 32:53
Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis - 20:16
Clay Guida vs. Charles Oliveira - 13:06
Mike Santiago vs. Dan Ige - 4:27