The Bloody Elbow staff has made its own predictions for Saturday’s UFC 221 card in Perth, Australia. Opinion is rather divided on who’ll win the primary 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. As for the rest of the card? Yeah… fully forgettable.
Notice: Predictions are entered during the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind every choice are not required and some writers opt not to do this for their own motives. For instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any excuses , he has no idea if he is going 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 certainly on par with his qualifications, and if this goes to the ground, which is Rockhold’s entire world. This essentially boils down to Romero landing a bomb, or him worked by the more technical and complete fighter. Romero has electricity and that he can certainly put his lights out at any point, but I simply think Rockhold is your much superior MMA fighter overall. Unless Rockhold starts slow and gets cluttered, he should be in a position to control distance, land those huge kisses, 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 fight I believe Whittaker wins even more conclusively than that he did the very first time. Romero is not a guy who finishes people quickly, however, the mere truth he’s so dangerous in the later rounds presents another challenge for Luke. That said, I trust Rockhold’s cardio to hold up in a five-rounder, he’s got a more diverse floor game than Romero (zero career submission efforts ), and that I believe his kicks will be key to effecting Romero’s gas tank as the battle progresses. You always need to be concerned about Romero’s KO power, in addition to the potential for him to put Rockhold on his back and deliver some punishment, but that I think Rockhold gets the win in a tough, highly competitive contest. Luke Rockhold by unanimous conclusion.
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