UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold staff picks and predictions

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The Bloody Elbow staff has made its forecasts 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 this one. Our ideas are also split on the co-main between Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes. In terms of the rest of the principal card? Yeah… completely unanimous.
Note: Predictions are entered during the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind every pick are not required and some writers elect to not do this for their own reasons. By way of instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any excuses , he has no idea if he’s 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 that is certainly on par with his credentials, and if this does go to the floor, which is Rockhold’s world. This essentially boils down to Romero landing a bomb, or he labored by the technical and complete fighter. Romero has power and that he can certainly put out his lights at any point, but I simply think Rockhold is the much superior MMA fighter overall. Unless Rockhold begins slow and gets cluttered, he ought to be able to control distance, land those big kicks, and possibly complete this on the ground. Luke Rockhold by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Selfishly, I want Rockhold to win since it’s simply more interesting to watch him from Robert Whittaker compared to Whittaker vs. Romero two, a struggle I believe Whittaker wins much more conclusively than that he did the first time. Romero is not a guy who finishes people immediately, however, the mere fact that he’s so harmful from the subsequent 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 ground game than Romero (zero livelihood submission efforts ), and that I think his cries will be crucial to effecting Romero’s gas tank as the battle progresses. You constantly have to be worried about Romero’s KO power, as well as the potential for him to place Rockhold on his spine and deliver some punishment, but I believe Rockhold gets the win in a tough, highly competitive contest. Luke Rockhold by unanimous conclusion.

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