In the leading candidate for the fight of the year, Robert Whittaker managed to withstand Yoel Romero’s freakish power to earn a split decision and restored some normalcy to the middleweight division in the same breath.

With Yoel Romero missing weight and turning UFC 225’s main event into a non-title affair, the UFC would have surely been quietly hoping that Whittaker would emerge victorious and stop a further backlog in the 185 lbs division.

Despite Romero’s best efforts and coming close to finishing the fight, Whittaker’s unreal takedown defence and pure grit allowed the New Zealand born Australian to see out the full 25 minutes and pick up his ninth straight win.

In the night’s co-main event, the welterweight division saw itself fall into ‘Chaos’ as Colby Covington’s relentless takedowns and pressure saw him hand Rafael dos Anjos’ first loss at 170 lbs and claim the interim welterweight title in the process.

With Covington holding UFC gold, a unification bout with fellow ATT fighter Tyron Woodley will surely be next for the 30-year old in what is building to be a very intriguing grudge match.

Elsewhere at UFC 225, there were plenty of wins for fighters who could have title fights in their near future so let’s explore what five of Saturday night’s big winners should have in their immediate future: