Ryan Knuppel  |  Fri 8th Jun   | MMA

UFC225 is this weekend!  The big controversy with this event was Dana White’s decision to include C.M. Punk in the event over other guys. C.M. Punk is not one of our predicted picks, but his fight should be worth the price of admission Here is what Dana White had to say about his decision.

“Hey listen, when Alistair Overeem sells as many pay-per-views as ‘CM Punk’ does, we can argue,”  – Dana White

Read below as we highlight some of the fights scheduled to take place at the event and give our MMA picks!

Robert Whittaker (-220) vs. Yoel Romero (+190)

27-year-old Robert Whittaker’s career has gotten off to a tremendous start. He has gone 20-4, and has been on a big winning streak. His last loss came all the way back on February 22, 2014, against Stephen Thompson. He lands 41{b82e5e56a9812bad28ea5aefced1964b6e85658d6da818d3ac352b08d0d307d2} of his strikes and is a force to be reckoned with.

His opponent is 41-year-old Yoel Romero, who has posted a 13-2 record in his career so far. This is going to be his first fight since February 10th, when he won by TKO against Luke Rockhold. He is a tremendous fighter on the attack, as he lands an incredible 53{b82e5e56a9812bad28ea5aefced1964b6e85658d6da818d3ac352b08d0d307d2} of his strikes.

WINNER: Robert Whittaker (-220).

Whittaker is a lot younger and has more experience under his belt. He is fantastic when he goes on the offensive, and he will be very tough to stop. His big winning streak will play a big part in his success in this fight.

July 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Robert Whittaker (blue gloves) celebrates after fighting Yoel Romero (red gloves) during UFC 213 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Rafael Dos Anjos (-110) vs. Colby Covington (-120)

This will be the 38th fight for 33-year-old Dos Anjos, as he has compiled a 28-9 record thus far. He has won his final three fights, as he has not been defeated since November 5, 2016, against Tony Ferguson. He has landed 44{b82e5e56a9812bad28ea5aefced1964b6e85658d6da818d3ac352b08d0d307d2} of his strikes.

This will be the fifteenth career-fight for 30-year-old Covington. He is the #4 ranked fighter in the Welterweight division. He enters on a five-match winning streak, undefeated since taking a loss to Warlley Alves on Dec 12. 2015. He has landed 41{b82e5e56a9812bad28ea5aefced1964b6e85658d6da818d3ac352b08d0d307d2} of his strikes.

WINNER: Colby Covington (-120)

The winner of this fight will be Covington. He has a little less experience in the ring and is a few years younger, but he is very aggressive. His 13-1 record stands out and shows how consistent he is when push comes to shove.

Ricardo Lamas (+195) vs. Mirsad Bektic (-245)

This will be the 25th fight for the 35-year-old Lamas, who has compiled an 18-6 record thus far. He lost his last fight on December 16th against Josh Emmett, and will be looking to bounce back. He has landed 44{b82e5e56a9812bad28ea5aefced1964b6e85658d6da818d3ac352b08d0d307d2} of his strikes.

On the other side is 27-year-old Mirsad Bektic, who is 12-1 thus far in his career. His only loss came two fights ago on March 4, 2017, against Darren Elkins. He lands 49{b82e5e56a9812bad28ea5aefced1964b6e85658d6da818d3ac352b08d0d307d2} of his strikes, and is a very solid attack defender.

WINNER: Ricardo Lamas (+195)

The older Lamas has a better track record, and will show it by earning the win in this bout. He is very aggressive and hardly ever wastes any time. This will be a win for him within the first two rounds.

Full Betting Odds for UFC 225

  • The odds in this article com Bovada and are accurate as of June 8, 2018

Robert Whittaker -240 v. Yoel Romero +190

Rafael dos Anjos -120 v. Colby Covington -110

Holly Holm -230 v. Megan Anderson +180

Andrei Arlovski +215 v. Tai Tuivasa -275

CM Punk +175 v. Mike Jackson -225

Alistair Overeem +140 v. Curtis Blaydes -170

Claudia Gadelha -500 v. Carla Esparza +350

Ricardo Lamas +175 v. Mirsad Bektic -225

Rashad Coulter -185 v. Chris De La Rocha +150

Rashad Evans +240 v. Anthony Smith -310

Joseph Benavidez -250 v. Sergio Pettis +195

Clay Guida +130 v. Charles Oliveira -160

Mike Santiago +115 v. Dan Ige -145

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