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

#3 Claudia Gadelha vs. #6 Carla Esparza

Round One: The round begins with Esparza attacking Gadelha with some leg kicks, the fighters have a brief punching exchange. Gadelha drops a kicking Esparza with a pair of rights, Esparza gets back up and Gadelha drags her back to the ground while controlling her head. Esparza gets to her feet to get the fight standing again, Gadelha continues attacking Esparza with rights. Gadelha again cracks a swinging Esparza with a counter right hook, Esparza rocks Gadelha with a punching combination before scoring a takedown. Gadelha rolls for a knee bar in order to gain top control, Gadelha starts attacking Esparza with some ground and pound. Esparza causes a scramble to get the fight standing again, Gadelha scores another takedown on Esparza and she gets side control. Gadelha attacks Esparza with ground and pound, Gadelha rolls for a guillotine choke as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Gadelha

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters having a wild striking exchange, Esparza charges forward and she swings away at Gadelha. Gadelha starts attempting some power rights against Esparza, Esparza grabs Gadelha and she gets her against the cage wall. The fighters exchange some strikes while in the clinch, Esparza also starts attacking Gadelha with some knee strikes. Gadelha scores a takedown on Esparza and she gets the half guard, Gadelha starts attacking Esparza with some ground and pound. Esparza catches Gadelha in her full guard while eating more strikes, Esparza scrambles to her feet and Gadelha gets her against the cage wall. Gadelha scores another takedown on Esparza and she gets the half guard, Esparza sweeps Gadelha and gets top position as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Gadelha (Overall Score: 20-18 for Gadelha)

Round Three: The round begins with Esparza attacking Gadelha with a punching combination, Esparza catches Gadelha with a front kick to the face. Esparza follows that up by catching Gadelha with a superman punch, Esparza and Gadelha have a striking exchange in the middle of the Octagon. Esparza comes forward and she cracks Gadelha with a short right, Gadelha grabs Esparza and she gets her against the cage wall. Gadelha scores a takedown on Esparza and she gets side control, Gadelha transitions to the half guard against Esparza. The fighters exchange some blows while on the ground, Esparza gets to her feet before scoring a takedown on Gadelha. Esparza attacks Gadelha with a lot of ground and pound as the round ends.

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

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

#2 Alistair Overeem vs. #4 Curtis Blaydes

Round One: The round begins with Blaydes taking a few swings at Overeem, Blaydes attempts a head kick against Overeem and he misses. Blaydes scores a takedown on Overeem and he gets the half guard, Blaydes starts attacking Overeem with a few strikes. Overeem sets up for a heel hook as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Blaydes

Round Two: The round begins with Overeem cracking Blaydes with some knee strikes and a right, Overeem drops for a guillotine choke and Blaydes escapes to get top position on the ground. Overeem rolls for a heel hook and Blaydes escapes to get back control, Overeem scrambles to his feet to get the fight standing again. Blaydes comes forward and he swings away at Overeem, Blaydes scores a takedown on Overeem after eating a knee strike. Blaydes starts attacking Overeem with ground and pound until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Blaydes (Overall Score: 20-18 for Blaydes)

Round Three: The round begins with Blaydes nailing Overeem with a knee strike followed by a right, Overeem attacks Blaydes with a few kicks to the midsection. Blaydes rocks Overeem with a punching combination before scoring a takedown, Blaydes attacks Overeem with ground and pound. Blaydes mixes in some elbow strikes in his attack against a downed Overeem, Overeem gets Blaydes in his full guard after a failed heel hook attempt. Blaydes destroys Overeem with elbow strikes and the referee jumps in.

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

CM Punk vs. Mike Jackson

Round One: The round begins with Punk attacking Jackson with some leg kicks, Jackson responds by catching Punk with a right. Punk cracks Jackson with a right before grappling near the cage wall, Punk gets Jackson against the cage wall while landing some knee strikes. The fighters separate and Punk pops Jackson with a right, Punk charges at Jackson while eating a trio of rights. Punk again gets Jackson up against the cage wall, Punk attacks Jackson with a few knee strikes to the midsection. The fighters separate and they swing away at each other, Jackson gets Punk against the cage wall after stuffing a takedown. The fighters separate and Punk scores a takedown on a swinging Jackson and he gets the half guard, Jackson scrambles to his feet and the fighters clinch as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Punk

Round Two: The round begins with Punk swinging away at Jackson, Jackson swings away at Punk while landing some jabs. Punk grabs Jackson and he gets him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and have a brief striking exchange. Jackson rocks Punk with a right and Punk jumps for a guillotine choke to get the fight to the ground, Jackson starts attacking Punk with ground and pound. Punk tries rolling for some submissions while eating more strikes, Jackson remains in the top position as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Punk taking some swings at Jackson, Punk grabs Jackson and he gets him against the cage wall. Jackson spins Punk into the cage wall while landing some strikes, the fighters briefly separate and Jackson nails Punk with a right. Punk looks for a takedown and Jackson pops him with a left to drop him, Jackson allows Punk to stand back up and Punk swings away at Jackson. Punk attacks Jackson with a knee strike before getting him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Jackson assaults Punk with rights. Punk drops for a knee bar and Jackson escapes to get top position, Jackson starts attacking Punk with ground and pound. Jackson transitions to side control against Punk before getting back control, Jackson pops Punk with a few more strikes as the round ends.

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

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

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