UFC 225 results: Robert Whittaker retains middleweight belt; Colby Covington wins interim title

Whittaker and Romero
Whittaker and Romero (Getty Images)

Robert Whittaker is still the UFC middleweight champion. The Australian striker took down Yoel Romero by split decision Saturday in an all-out war that had Whittaker on the brink of defeat each of the last three rounds. 

The first two rounds Whittaker outworked Romero and took them relatively easily, but everything changed in the third when the “Soldier of God” clipped the Australian and got him off-kilter.

Amazingly though, Whittaker was able to survive and landed some good shots of his own. Romero won the round, but getting through it was huge for Whittaker.

This is where the fight was controversial. Romero stunned Whittaker in the fourth, but the Australian very well could have won the round on points. Then in the fifth, Romero knocked Whittaker down and had him seconds from finished.

But Whittaker survived and got the match to the scorecards.

“It could have gone either way, I thought… I hit him a lot, I hit him a lot,” Whittaker said after the fight. “I thought I won three of the five rounds, but it was anyone’s game.”

In the welterweight division, Colby Covington took home the interim welterweight title with a five-round decision victory over Rafael Dos Anjos. 

After his win, in typical Covington fashion, he called out Tyron Woodley for his next fight.

“Tyron Woodley you’re a coward,” he told Joe Rogan after the fight. “You can’t run, you can’t hide no more. I’m coming for you!”

In the women’s featherweight division Holly Holm took home a dominating three-round victory over former Invicta champion Megan Sanders. This was Holm’s first win in three tries at featherweight and she is contemplating a drop back to bantamweight and is looking for a fight with champion Amanda Nunes.

In the heavyweight division, Tai Tuivasa remained a perfect 10-0 with a win over Andrei Arlovski, and in the welterweight division CM Punk lost in a devastating three rounds to Mike Jackson.