The Bloody Elbow staff has made its selections for UFC 225, and I am not even sure I should really be calling this”UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2.” For now, Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero has not yet been cancelled after Romero’s weight reduction, but we know that it’s not for a title fight. Theoretically this probably should be Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington because the main event, regardless of the status of Whittaker vs. Romero.
Anyway, everyone is going with Robert Whittaker more than Yoel Romero for Saturday night. In terms of the co-main occasion, only Phil Mackenzie is going with Colby Covington to conquer Rafael dos Anjos and eventually become the interim welterweight champion.
Can Romero conquer Whittaker’s gas tank? Can Covington drag down RDA?
UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 staff picks and predictions for your preliminary card
Notice: Predictions are entered during the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind every choice aren’t required and some authors elect not to do this for their own reasons. For example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any explanationshe has no idea if he’s likely to be the only one siding with one fighter for any given fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero
Anton Tabuena: Romero will always be dangerous, but Whittaker is most likely to be the one who has made the most improvements since their initial bout. I would’ve picked Whittaker even before Romero appearing like death on the scale, and I anticipate a one-sided affair this time. Robert Whittaker by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Properly Romero shed weight. This is now a non-title bout, and it has three rounds (I am presuming ). Anyhow, these were my ideas before the weight miss, and nothing changes here. My selection hinges almost entirely on Whittaker not appearing depleted after all of the health problems that plagued him earlier in the year. His takedown defense is incredible, and even when Romero got him down, he couldn’t hold him there… and that was with Whittaker’s knee getting jacked by Romero from the opening round! I really don’t think that changes in the rematch, and he struggles at a pace and instances his strikes even better than Yoel does. Their very first bout is still the only real time Romero has been outlanded in a UFC battle. I am expecting Romero to fight this one strategically because he did vs. Luke Rockhold. But, Rockhold is a fairly basic and comparatively wooden striker, whereas Whittaker cuts throws and angles in punishing combinations. I know there’s the third-round Romero fear, but don’t rule out Whittaker planting Romero using a head kick. The pick remains Robert Whittaker by decision, although I’m hoping we get yet another thriller.
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