UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold staff picks and predictions

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The Bloody Elbow staff has made its own predictions for Saturday’s UFC 221 card in Perth, Australia. Opinion is rather divided on who will win the primary event between Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero, which is fitting considering the 50-50 nature of the one. Our thoughts 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 during the week and collected the day before the event. Explanations behind each pick aren’t required and some writers opt to not do so for their own motives. For instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any explanationshe has no idea if he is likely to be the only one siding with one fighter for any specific fight.
Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero
Anton Tabuena: Romero does not have MMA wrestling that is certainly on par with his qualifications, and when this goes to the ground, which is Rockhold’s world. So this essentially boils down to Romero landing a bomb, or he labored by the technical and complete fighter. Romero has electricity and that he can certainly put his lights out at any stage, but I simply think Rockhold is the much superior MMA fighter in general. Unless Rockhold starts slow and gets cluttered, he should be in a position to control distance, land those big kicks, and maybe finish this on the floor. Luke Rockhold by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Selfishly, I need Rockhold to win since it’s simply more interesting to watch him against Robert Whittaker than Whittaker vs. Romero two, a struggle I believe Whittaker wins much more conclusively than that he did the very first time. Romero is not a man who finishes people quickly, however, the mere truth he’s so harmful in the subsequent rounds poses another challenge for Luke. That said, I trust Rockhold’s cardio to maintain up in a five-rounder, he has a more varied floor game than Romero (zero livelihood submission efforts ), and that I think his cries will be key to effecting Romero’s gas tank as the fight progresses. You always have to be concerned about Romero’s KO power, in addition to the potential for him to place Rockhold on his spine and deliver a punishment, but that I think Rockhold gets the win in a tough, highly competitive competition. Luke Rockhold by unanimous decision.

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