The Bloody Elbow team 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 this one. Our ideas are also split on the co-main between Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes. As for the rest of the card? Yeah… fully forgettable.
Notice: Predictions are entered throughout the week and gathered the day prior to the event. Explanations behind every choice are not required and a few writers opt not to do this for their own reasons. By way of instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any excuses he has no idea if he is likely to be the only one siding with one fighter for any given fight.
Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero
Anton Tabuena: Romero doesn’t have MMA wrestling which is on par with his credentials, and if this goes to the floor, that will be Rockhold’s entire world. This essentially boils down to Romero landing a bomb, or he labored by the more technical and complete fighter. Romero has electricity and that he can certainly put his lights out at any stage, but I just think Rockhold is your far superior MMA fighter overall. Unless Rockhold starts slow and gets sloppy, he ought to be able to control distance, land those big kicks, and possibly finish this on the ground. Luke Rockhold by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Selfishly, I want Rockhold to acquire since it’s just more interesting to watch him from Robert Whittaker compared to Whittaker vs. Romero two, a fight I think Whittaker wins much more conclusively than he did the very first time. Romero is not a man who completes people immediately, but the mere fact he’s so harmful from the later rounds poses another challenge for Luke. That said, I hope Rockhold’s cardio to hold up in a five-rounder, he has a more varied floor game than Romero (zero livelihood submission efforts ), and I think his kicks will be key to effecting Romero’s gas tank as the battle progresses. You constantly have to be worried about Romero’s KO power, in addition to the potential for him to put Rockhold on his back and deliver some punishment, but I believe Rockhold gets the win in a tough, highly competitive competition. Luke Rockhold by conclusion.
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