UFC 225 Results: A New Interim Welterweight Champ Is Crowned, Whittaker & Romero Put On A Classic, Plus CM Punk Competes

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Main Card (10pm EST., Pay-Per-View)

Robert Whittaker def. #1 Yoel Romero by split decision (48-47, 47-48. 48-47)

UFC Interim Welterweight Title Decision Fight
#4 Colby Covington def. #1 Rafael Dos Anjos by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) to win the title

#1 (WBW) Holly Holm def. Megan Anderson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

#12 Tai Tuivasa def. #9 Andrei Arlovski by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Mike Jackson def. CM Punk by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Preliminary Card (8pm EST., Fox Sports 1)

#4 Curtis Blaydes def. #2 Alistair Overeem by TKO via elbow strikes (2:56, R3)

#3 Claudia Gadelha def. #6 Carla Esparza by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

#11 Mirsad Bektic def. #7 Ricardo Lamas by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Chris De La Rocha def. Rashad Coulter by TKO via strikes (3:53, R2)

Preliminary Card (6:15pm EST., UFC Fight Pass)

Anthony Smith def. Rashad Evans by KO via knee strike (0:53, R1)

#5 Sergio Pettis def. #1 Joseph Benavidez by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Charles Oliveira def. Clay Guida by submission via guillotine choke (2:18, R1)

Dan Ige def. Mike Santiago by TKO via strikes (0:50, R1)


Mike Santiago vs. Dan Ige

Round One: The round begins with Ige scoring a takedown on Santiago after landing a punching combination, Ige transitions to back control. Ige attacks Santiago with a lot of ground and pound until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Dan Ige def. Mike Santiago by TKO via strikes (0:50, R1)

Clay Guida vs. Charles Oliveira

Round One: The round begins with Oliveira attacking Guida with a few kicks, Guida pops a swinging Oliveira with a counter left. Oliveira starts catching Guida with some leg kicks, Guida then cracks a kicking Oliveira with a counter right. Guida starts nailing Oliveira with some leg kicks of his own, Oliveira catches Guida with a few lefts. Oliveira nails Guida with a punching combination before catching him in a guillotine choke to force a tap out.

Official Result: Charles Oliveira def. Clay Guida by submission via guillotine choke (2:18, R1)

#1 Joseph Benavidez vs. #5 Sergio Pettis

Round One: The round begins with Benavidez attacking Pettis with some leg kicks, Pettis cracks a kicking Benavidez with a counter right. Pettis rocks a swinging Benavidez with a counter right followed by an uppercut, Benavidez eats a right before scoring a takedown on Pettis. Pettis scrambles to his feet and Benavidez holds him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Benavidez swings away at Pettis. The fighters also get into a few striking exchanges, Pettis then cracks Benavidez with a right before blocking a head kick. Pettis continues nailing a swinging Benavidez with counter strikes, Pettis barely connects with a head kick against Benavidez. Benavidez nails Pettis with a flurry of strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Pettis

Round Two: The round begins with Benavidez attacking Pettis with a few kicks, Benavidez also attacks Pettis with a punching combination. Benavidez grabs Pettis and he gets him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Benavidez looks for some superman punches. Pettis attacks Benavidez with a right followed by a high kick, Benavidez continues catching Pettis with leg kicks. Benavidez gets Pettis against the cage wall again while looking for a takedown, the fighters separate and the fighters exchange high kicks. Pettis catches a swinging Benavidez with a short right hook, Benavidez again gets Pettis against the cage wall. The fighters break away from each other and swing away at each other, Benavidez goes for the takedown as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Benavidez (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Benavidez attacking Pettis with a multiple strike combination, Benavidez catches a swinging Pettis with a spinning back fist. Benavidez grabs Pettis and he gets him up against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Pettis catches Benavidez with some rights. Pettis catches a charging Benavidez with a counter right, Benavidez comes forward and he swings away at Pettis. Pettis briefly goes for a standing guillotine choke against Benavidez, Pettis catches Benavidez with a knee strike to the midsection to avoid a takedown. Pettis also goes for a jumping head kick against Benavidez, Benavidez continues attacking Pettis with punching combinations. Benavidez catches Pettis with a kick to the midsection, Benavidez scores a takedown on Pettis and Pettis gets right back up. The fighters swing away at each other as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Benavidez (Final Score: 29-28 for Benavidez)

Official Result: #5 Sergio Pettis def. #1 Joseph Benavidez by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

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