More must-watch UFC and WWE action for fight fans this month
UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2
Saturday, June 9 at 10 p.m. ET on Sportsnet PPV channels 348 (HD)/350 (SD)
Middleweight champion Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker will face a familiar foe when he steps into the Octagon for the first time in almost a year at UFC 225 at the United Center in Chicago. Whittaker (20-4-0) will defend his title against Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero (13-2-0), the man he defeated for the title in a unanimous decision when they last met at UFC 213 in July 2017.
This was also Whittaker’s last fight, as he was hospitalized in December while battling a stomach infection. In Romero’s only fight since losing to Whittaker, he dealt Luke Rockhold a third-round KO at UFC 221 to claim the interim middleweight title in Whittaker’s absence.
In the night’s co-main event, No. 2-ranked Rafael dos Anjos (28-9-0) will take on third-ranked Colby “Chaos” Covington (13-1-0) for the interim UFC welterweight championship. The UFC decided to put the interim title up for grabs as current champion Tyron Woodley has been out for almost a year due to injury.
Former WWE champion CM Punk (0-1-0) will attempt to break his UFC goose egg when he faces Mike “The Truth” Jackson (0-1-0). Punk’s debut in 2016 at UFC 203 resulted in a first-round submission loss, and another defeat tonight in front of his hometown crowd could bring a swift end to his UFC career.
UFC 225 will also feature a pair of heavyweight fights: Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem (43-16-0) vs. Curtis “Razor” Blaydes (9-1-0); and Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski (27-15-0) will battle undefeated Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa (9-0-0) from Australia.
Watch UFC 225 live from Chicago on Saturday, June 9 at 9:30 p.m. ET (Countdown show) and 10 p.m. ET (event start) on SportsnetTM Pay Per View. Order through your remote on Channel 348 (HD) for $64.99 or on Channel 350 (SD) for $59.99 (in Hamilton on Channel 291 in HD or Channel 287 in SD). Ontario customers can also watch the event in French on Channel 349 (HD) for $64.99 and Channel 351 (SD) for $59.99.
WWE Money in the Bank
Sunday, June 17 at 7 p.m. ET on SportsnetTM PPV channels 348 (HD)/350 (SD)
High atop a ladder hangs a briefcase that could change the life of a WWE superstar. Reach the top of that ladder at Allstate Arena in Chicago on June 17, and the opportunity for greatness awaits.
For the first time since 2011, the Money in the Bank pay-per-view will be a co-branded event featuring the superstars of Raw and Smackdown. The men’s and women’s Money in the Bank ladder matches will feature eight competitors – four each from Raw and Smackdown. The winner of each match will receive a contract for a championship match that can be cashed in at any time in the next year – including this night.
One of the most notable victors was Seth Rollins in 2014, who cashed in his briefcase at WrestleMania 31 to defeat Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns for the Heavyweight Championship.
Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, The Miz and Rusev will be among the eight superstars battling in the men’s match this year, while Ember Moon, Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss were the first three qualifiers for the women’s MITB ladder match.
Two titles will also be on the line in a pair of marquee matchups added to the MITB card. Newcomer Ronda Rousey will attempt to wrestle the Raw Women's title away from The Irresistible Force, Nia Jax, and WWE World Champion AJ Styles gets another shot at his nemesis Shinsuke Nakamura in a Last Man Standing match.
Watch WWE Money in the Bank à la carte for $54.99. Or order a WWE Network subscription for $12.99/mo. (Channel 512 Ontario/Atlantic) through your remote (minimum one-month commitment, includes all monthly PPVs, plus SVOD access and the WWE Network App for 1,000-plus hours of WWE content).
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