The Bloody Elbow staff has made its own forecasts for Saturday’s UFC 221 card in Perth, Australia. Opinion is rather divided on who’ll win the main event between Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero, which is fitting considering the 50-50 character of the one. Our thoughts are also divided on the co-main between Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes. In terms of the rest of the card? Yeah… completely unanimous.
Note: Predictions are entered during the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind each choice are not required and a few writers elect to not do so for their own motives. For instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any explanationshe 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 doesn’t have MMA wrestling which is certainly on par with his credentials, and when this goes to the ground, 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 he can certainly put his lights out at any point, but I just think Rockhold is your far superior MMA fighter overall. Unless Rockhold starts slow and gets cluttered, he ought to be able to control space, 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 is just more interesting to watch him against Robert Whittaker than Whittaker vs. Romero two, a struggle I believe Whittaker wins even more than he did the very first time. Romero is not a man who finishes people immediately, but the mere fact he’s so dangerous in the subsequent rounds presents another challenge for Luke. Nevertheless, I hope Rockhold’s cardio to hold up in a five-rounder, he’s got a more diverse floor game than Romero (zero livelihood submission attempts), and I think his kicks will be crucial to effecting Romero’s gas tank as the battle progresses. You always need to be worried about Romero’s KO power, in addition to the possibility for him to put Rockhold on his spine and deliver a punishment, but that I believe Rockhold gets the win in a tough, highly competitive contest. Luke Rockhold by conclusion.
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