20 Jul UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold staff picks and predictions
The Bloody Elbow staff has made its forecasts for Saturday’s UFC 221 card in Perth, Australia. Opinion is fairly divided on who’ll win the main event between Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero, which is fitting considering the 50-50 character 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… completely unanimous.
Notice: Predictions are entered throughout the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind every choice are not required and some authors opt to not do this for their own motives. For example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating 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 if this goes to the floor, that will be Rockhold’s world. So this basically boils down to Romero landing a bomb, or he labored by the technical and complete fighter. Romero has electricity and he can certainly put his lights out at any stage, but I simply think Rockhold is the far superior MMA fighter in general. Unless Rockhold starts slow and gets sloppy, he ought to be in a position to control space, land those big kicks, and maybe finish this on the ground. Luke Rockhold by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Selfishly, I need Rockhold to acquire since it’s just more interesting to see him against Robert Whittaker than Whittaker vs. Romero 2, a fight I think Whittaker wins much more conclusively than he did the very first time. Romero isn’t a man who completes people immediately, however, the mere truth that he’s so harmful from the later rounds presents another challenge for Luke. Nevertheless, I hope Rockhold’s cardio to hold up at a five-rounder, he’s got a more diverse ground game than Romero (zero career submission efforts ), and I believe his cries will be crucial to effecting Romero’s gas tank as the battle progresses. You always have to be worried about Romero’s KO power, as well as the possibility for him to put Rockhold on his spine and deliver some punishment, but that I believe Rockhold gets the win in a tough, highly competitive contest. Luke Rockhold by unanimous conclusion.
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