Robert Whittaker’s title wasn’t on the line, but his pride and resume was.
Whittaker scored a split decision victory over Yoel Romero Saturday night in the main event of UFC 225. Despite being the middleweight champion, he was not defending the belt after Romero missed weight by .2 pounds.
For the champion, though, he showed why some view him as a top pound-for-pound fighter, fending off the skills of a former Olympic medalist for the second time. Last year, Whittaker downed Romero to win the interim belt.
Colby Covington earned himself the interim UFC welterweight championship in the co-main event, scoring a decision victory over Rafael dos Anjos. Covington earned his fifth consecutive win in the process, with none bigger than this one.
During his post-fight interview, Covington called out current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, stating “Come see me (expletive).” Woodley responded on Twitter to the comment:
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) June 10, 2018
Covington, a former standout wrestler, was successful on seven of the 23 takedowns he attempted. He also held a 160-151 advantage in total strikes, with dos Anjos converting two takedown attempts.