By Eric Jacinto and Matt Koontz
UFC 225: This card is incredible but the main event is no longer a title fight because Yoel Romero is the most unprofessional middleweight left on roster after missing title weight in two consecutive fights. My picks will be just who I believe wins the fight no analysis this time because I am doing this from Yellowstone on vacation.
UFC Fightpass Prelims (6:15 PM/ET):
(Wins-Losses-Draws) NC No Contest C Champion
Mike Santiago (21-11) vs. Dan Ige (8-2): This fight takes place in the featherweight division. Dan Ige wins by 2nd round submission.
Clay Guida (34-14) vs. Charles Oliveira (22-8, 1NC): This lightweight brawl is going to be incredible. Clay Guida is rolling right now and will pick up a 1st round TKO victory.
#1 (1) Joseph Benavidez (25-4) vs. #4 (5) Sergio Pettis (16-3): This fight takes place in the flyweight division and we will see why Benavidez is the top flyweight excluding the champ once he submits Pettis in the 2nd round.
Rashad Evans (24-7) vs. Anthony Smith (28-13): The main event of the UFC Fightpass prelims takes place in the light heavyweight division. Rashad Evans wins this one by way of unanimous decision.
FS1 Prelims (8 PM/ET):
Rashad Coulter (8-3) vs. Chris De La Rocha (4-2): This heavyweight fight kicks off the televised prelims. Rashad Coulter wins by KO in round 1.
#6 (7) Ricardo Lamas (18-6) vs. #10 (11) Mirsad Bektic (12-1): This featherweight fight should be on the main card as it has a ton of potential to be a great fight. Mirsad Bektic wins in the 2nd round by KO.
#3 (3) Claudia Gadelha (15-3) vs. #5 (6) Carla Esparza (14-4): These two women in the strawweight division are going to put on a great show. Claudia will have her hand raised at the end with a unanimous decision victory.
#2 (2) Alistair Overeem (43-16, 1NC) vs. #4 (5) Curtis Blaydes (9-1, 1NC): The main event of the televised prelims takes place between two top ranked heavyweight fighters. Alistair Overeem wins this one by way of 2nd round KO.
UFC 225 Main Card (10 PM/ET):
CM Punk (0-1) vs. Mike Jackson (0-1): This welterweight fight should be the first fight of the night, it’s going to be the least important fight of the night. Both fighters lost their only UFC fight so far, CM Punk wins by unanimous decision.
#11 (9) Andrei Arlovski (27-15, 1NC) vs. #9 (12) Tai Tuivasa (9-0): These two heavyweights are going to throw fists from the first touch of gloves and Tuivasa will land the finishing blow in the 1st round with a KO of Arlovski.
Holly Holm (11-4) vs. Megan Anderson (8-2): These two women will throw down in the featherweight division. Megan Anderson might the baddest woman on the planet and we will find out soon, Anderson wins by 2nd round KO.
#1 (1) Rafael Dos Anjos (28-9) vs. #4 (4) Colby Covington (13-1): This fight is the interim welterweight title fight. RDA will win this fight by way of TKO in round 4 after a lot of back and forth between the two and will go on to beat Woodley after this one.
Champ Robert Whittaker (20-4) vs. #1 (1) Yoel Romero (13-2): Yoel missed weight again and this is no longer a title fight. He was so tired he basically he had to be carried off the scales by his coach. Whittaker is going to completely dominate Romero in this fight. Whittaker wins by 2nd round KO.
Fight Pass Prelims (4):
Featherweight Bout: Mike Santiago, (21-11) vs. Dan Ige, (8-2)
Prediction Bout : Mike Santiago via Split Decision
Lightweight Bout: Clay Guida, (34-14) vs. Charles Oliveira, (22-8), 1NC
Prediction: Clay Guida via 1st Round TKO
Flyweight Bout: #1 Joseph Benavidez, (25-4) vs. #5 Sergio Pettis, (16-3)
Prediction: Sergio Pettis via Split Decision
Light Heavyweight Bout: Rashad Evans, (24-7-1) vs. Anthony Smith, (28-13)
Prediction: Anthony Smith via 1st Round TKO
FS1 Prelims (4):
Heavyweight Bout: Rashad Coulter, (8-3) vs. Chris De La Rocha, (4-2)
Prediction: Chris De La Rocha via 1st Round TKO
Featherweight Bout: #7 Ricardo Lamas, (18-6) vs. #11 Mirsad Bektic, (12-1)
Prediction: Richardo Lamas via Unanimous Decision
Women's Strawweight Bout: #3 Claudia Gadelha, (15-3) vs. #6 Carla Esparza, (14-4)
Prediction: Carla Esparza via 2nd Round Submission
Heavyweight Bout: #2 Alistair Overeem, (43-16), 1NC vs. #4 Curtis Blaydes, (9-1) 1NC
Prediction: Curtis Blaydes via 3rd Round KO
Main Card Pay-Per-View (5):
Welterweight Bout: CM Punk, (0-1) vs. Mike Jackson (0-1)
Prediction: CM Punk via Unanimous Decision
Heavyweight Bout: #9 Andrei Arlovski, (27-15), 1NC vs. #12 Tai Tuivasa, (9-0)
Prediction: Tai Tuivasa via 2nd Round TKO
Women's Featherweight Bout: Holly Holm, (11-4) vs. Megan Anderson, (8-2)
Prediction: Holly Holm via 2nd Round TKO
Co-Main Event, Welterweight Title Bout (Interim Title, winner will Face the Champ Tyron Woodley): #1 Rafael Dos Anjos, (28-9) vs. #4 Colby Covington, (13-1)
Prediction: Rafael Dos Anjos via Unanimous Decision
Main Event, Non-Title Welterweight Bout (Yoel Romero missed the title weight requirement by .2 pounds): (C) Robert Whittaker, (20-4) vs. #1 Yoel Romero, (13-2)
Prediction: Robert Whittaker via Unanimous Decision; I was originally gonna pick Yoel Romero but now that it's not a title fight I don't think he wins.