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

UFC Interim Welterweight Title Decision Fight: #1 Rafael Dos Anjos vs. #4 Colby Covington

Round One: The round begins with Covington scoring a takedown after a brief striking exchange, Dos Anjos gets back up and Covington drags him back to the ground. Dos Anjos gets up and Covington holds him against the cage wall, Covington starts attacking Dos Anjos with some strikes before separating. Dos Anjos nails an incoming Covington with a two punch combination, Dos Anjos defends against the takedown while landing knee strikes. The fighters separate and exchange some kicks, Dos Anjos nails Covington with a right to the midsection followed by a knee strike. Dos Anjos cracks Covington with knee strikes and elbow strikes, Dos Anjos connects with another knee strike to the midsection. Covington starts attacking Dos Anjos with leg kicks, Dos Anjos then hits Covington with a kick to the midsection. Covington holds Dos Anjos against the cage wall as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Dos Anjos

Round Two: The round begins with Covington attacking Dos Anjos with a high kick, Covington grabs Dos Anjos and he gets him against the cage wall. Covington then hits Dos Anjos with a standing elbow strike to the head, the fighters separate and Dos Anjos kicks Covington in the midsection. Covington again hunts for the takedown against Dos Anjos, Covington starts nailing Dos Anjos with leg kicks. Dos Anjos cracks Covington with a right to the midsection, Covington again gets Dos Anjos against the cage wall before separating. Covington charges forward and he swings away at Dos Anjos, Dos Anjos goes back to attacking the midsection of Covington. Covington pops Dos Anjos with an uppercut before getting him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Covington scores a takedown on Dos Anjos. Covington transitions to back control against Dos Anjos, Dos Anjos gets to his feet as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters taking a few swings at each other, Covington gets Dos Anjos against the cage wall before separating. Covington attacks a backing Dos Anjos with some leg kicks, Covington and Dos Anjos attack each other with knee strikes to the midsection. Covington cracks Dos Anjos with a kick to the midsection, Covington again gets Dos Anjos against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Covington accidentally kicks Dos Anjos low and the fight is halted, the fight resumes with Covington swinging away at Dos Anjos. Covington gets Dos Anjos against the cage wall before eating a knee strike, the fighters separate and Covington pops Dos Anjos with a punching combination. Covington and Dos Anjos have a striking exchange until Covington looks for the takedown, the fighters separate and Covington goes back to holding Dos Anjos against the cage wall until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Covington (Overall Score: 29-28 for Covington)

Round Four: The round begins with Dos Anjos immediately cracking Covington with a left, Dos Anjos then nails Covington with two shots to the midsection. Covington gets Dos Anjos against the cage wall, Dos Anjos scores a takedown on Covington and he gets side control. Dos Anjos gets head control on a scrambling Covington, Covington gets up and he gets Dos Anjos against the cage wall. Dos Anjos scores another takedown on Covington and he gets side control, Covington scrambles to his feet and Dos Anjos holds him against the cage wall. Dos Anjos gets Covington to a knee while landing some knee strikes, the fighters separate and Covington swings at Dos Anjos before getting him against the cage wall. Dos Anjos goes for another takedown and Covington gets him against the cage wall again, the fighters separate and the fighters swing away at each other. Covington catches Dos Anjos with another punching combination, Covington scores a takedown on Dos Anjos as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Dos Anjos (Overall Score: 38-38 for Draw)

Round Five: The round begins with Covington swinging at Dos Anjos before getting him against the cage wall, Covington lands a combo as the fighters separate. Dos Anjos barely catches Covington with a knee strike before getting taken down, Dos Anjos gets up and separates from Covington. Dos Anjos then nails Covington with a kick to the midsection, Covington again gets Dos Anjos against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Covington nails Dos Anjos with a punching combination, Covington and Dos Anjos exchange some kicks. Dos Anjos rocks a swinging Covington with a counter left hook, Covington gets Dos Anjos against the cage wall while looking for a takedown. Dos Anjos drops for a kimura and both fighters scramble to their feet, the fighters have a wild striking exchange before Covington gets Dos Anjos against the cage wall. The fighters swing away at each other as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Covington (Final Score: 47-46 for Covington)

Official Result: #4 Colby Covington def. #1 Rafael Dos Anjos by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) to win the title

Robert Whittaker vs. #1 Yoel Romero

Round One: The round begins with Whittaker attacking Romero with a lot of leg kicks, Whittaker also attacks Romero with some punching combinations. Romero catches an incoming Whittaker with a left hook, Whittaker peppers Romero with a plethora of jabs. Whittaker backs up Romero by attacking him with a bunch of rights, Whittaker attempts a high kick against Romero. Whittaker also catches Romero with a kick to the midsection, Whittaker catches an incoming Romero with an elbow strike. Romero catches Whittaker with some leg kicks of his own, Whittaker lands a few shots to the midsection as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Whittaker

Round Two: The round begins with Whittaker attacking Romero with a plethora of leg kicks, Romero starts swinging away at Whittaker. Whittaker also nails Romero with some kicks to the midsection, Whittaker then attacks Romero with an overhand right. Whittaker keeps Romero at bay by throwing a bunch of jabs, Whittaker keeps the distance by attacking Romero with a plethora of kicks. Romero catches the midsection of Whittaker with a kick, Whittaker nails a kicking Romero with a counter left. Whittaker rocks a backing Romero with a high kick attempt, Romero then hits Whittaker with a straight left. Romero goes for a high kick and Whittaker blocks it, Whittaker jabs away at Romero as the round ends.

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

Round Three: The round begins with Romero immediately swinging away at Whittaker, Whittaker responds by attacking Romero with some kicks. Romero rocks Whittaker with a powerful right, Romero gets Whittaker to the ground while landing elbow strikes. Whittaker gets up and Romero looks for another takedown, Romero then lands a punching combination. Whittaker recovers and he cracks Romero with a standing elbow strike, Whittaker eats a few strikes before landing another elbow strike. Romero holds Whittaker against the cage wall and they eventually separate after a failed takedown attempt from Romero, Romero cracks Whittaker with a few lefts to the face. Romero cracks a backing Whittaker with a huge punching combination, Whittaker responds by nailing Romero with a head kick. Whittaker briefly hits the ground as Romero lands a few more strikes, Whittaker holds Romero against the cage wall as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Romero (Overall Score: 29-28 for Whittaker)

Round Four: The round begins with Whittaker backing up Romero with a punching combo, Whittaker also attacks Romero with a variety of kicks. Whittaker starts attacking Romero with some head kicks, Whittaker catches Romero with some side kicks to the leg. Whittaker accidentally kicks Romero low and the fight is halted, the fight resumes with Whittaker kicking away at Romero. Whittaker backs up Romero with a plethora of jabs, Whittaker catches a charging Romero with a front kick to the midsection. Romero comes forward and he swings away at Whittaker, Whittaker nails a swinging Romero with a counter left. Whittaker continues picking apart Romero with strikes, Romero catches a swinging Whittaker with a counter strike combination. Romero comes forward and he stuns Whittaker with some punches as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Whittaker (Overall Score: 39-37 for Whittaker)

Round Five: The round begins with Romero catching Whittaker with a left, Romero nails a kicking Whittaker with a two punch combination. Romero backs up Whittaker with a spinning back kick attempt, Whittaker goes back to attacking Romero with jabs. Whittaker goes back to attacking Romero with leg kicks, Romero drops Whittaker with a left hook and he pounces on him with more strikes. Whittaker recovers and he gets Romero against the cage wall for a short time, Romero drags Whittaker back to the ground while landing some strikes. Whittaker gets up and Romero attacks him with a plethora of strikes, Romero scores another takedown and Whittaker gets to a knee. Whittaker gets up as Romero attacks him with knee strikes, the referee eventually separates the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Whittaker kicking a swinging Romero as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-8 for Romero (Final Score: 47-47 for Draw)

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

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