The fight featured huge momentum swings and tremendous offensive firepower on both sides. He caught me in the fourth and fifth and I was just trying to survive.
Technically, the five-round fight wasn't even for Whittaker's title, because Romero missed weight by two-tenths of a pound during Friday's official weigh-in. However, Whittaker survived to the final horn and ended up taking the contentious decision.
Romero initially came in at 186lbs and was given an additional hour to get down to 185lbs for the much-anticipated rematch but he could only get as low as 185.2lbs, meaning he was ineligible to fight for the title. The Cuban missed weight, so the fight will be a non-title event. This will be his second UFC fight ever. Holm, the former bantamweight champion, is 0-2 as a featherweight. "The Preacher's Daughter" won via 30-27 and two 30-26 scores.
During the card, the UFC announced former UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on July 5 in Las Vegas. She was most dominant in the second round, where she spent several minutes in mount, punching Anderson's face and body.
This card featured five current and former UFC champions in front of a sold-out United Center crowd.
But then, there is no other fighter quite like Romero.
Given that he was competing for the UFC belt, he had to make "championship weight" of 185lbs or under. All three judges scored the fight 30-26 for the Houstonian.
It was the second time in as many fights that "The Soldier of God" came in heavy for a world championship bout and in spite of the fact that he looked in considerable pain following his weight cut, the fight with Whittaker is going ahead. CM Punk comes in with a deeper grappling background than Jackson and that could set him up for the upset in a fight that is highly likely to have an early stoppage. And no fighter has ever missed weight for two title fights. The third round offered more of the same, lessened primarily by Jackson's apparent lack of urgency. Tuivasa, age 25, has won all seven of his pro fights by knockout or TKO, but the 39-year-old Arlovski will be his toughest opponent yet. Brooks, meanwhile, goes to 0-2.