The Bloody Elbow staff has made its predictions for Saturday’s UFC 221 card in Perth, Australia. Opinion is rather divided on who will win the main event between Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero, which is fitting considering the 50-50 nature of the one. Our ideas are also divided on the co-main involving Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes. As for the rest of the principal card? Yeah… completely unanimous.
Note: Predictions are entered throughout the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind every pick aren’t required and some writers opt to not do so for their own motives. By way of instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any excuses , he has no idea if he is likely to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any specific fight.
Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero
Anton Tabuena: Romero does not have MMA wrestling which is on par with his credentials, and when this does go to the floor, which is Rockhold’s world. This essentially boils down to Romero landing a bomb, or he labored by the technical and complete fighter. Romero has power and he can certainly put out his lights at any stage, but I just think Rockhold is the much superior MMA fighter in general. Unless Rockhold begins slow and gets sloppy, he ought to be able to control space, land those big kicks, and maybe finish this on the floor. Luke Rockhold by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Selfishly, I need Rockhold to acquire because it’s simply more interesting to see him against Robert Whittaker compared to Whittaker vs. Romero two, a fight I think Whittaker wins even more conclusively than he did the very first time. Romero isn’t a guy who finishes people quickly, however, the mere truth he’s so harmful from the subsequent rounds poses another challenge for Luke. Nevertheless, I hope Rockhold’s cardio to maintain up at a five-rounder, he has a more varied ground game than Romero (zero livelihood submission attempts), and I believe his cries will be crucial to effecting Romero’s gas tank as the battle progresses. You constantly have to be concerned about Romero’s KO power, in addition to the possibility for him to put Rockhold on his spine and deliver a punishment, but I believe Rockhold gets the win in a tough, highly competitive competition. Luke Rockhold by unanimous decision.
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