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UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold staff picks and predictions

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The Bloody Elbow staff has made its own forecasts for Saturday’s UFC 221 card in Perth, Australia. Opinion is fairly divided on who will 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. As for the rest of the main card? Yeah… completely unanimous.
Notice: Predictions are entered during the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind every choice are not required and a few authors elect not to do this for their own motives. For instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any excuses he has no idea if he is likely to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any given fight.
Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero
Anton Tabuena: Romero doesn’t have MMA wrestling that is certainly on par with his credentials, and when this goes to the floor, that will be Rockhold’s world. So this basically boils down to Romero landing a bomb, or he labored by the more technical and complete fighter. Romero has power and he can certainly put out his lights at any stage, but I simply think Rockhold is your far superior MMA fighter in general. Unless Rockhold begins slow and gets sloppy, he ought to be able to control space, land those big kicks, and possibly complete this on the ground. Luke Rockhold by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Selfishly, I want Rockhold to acquire because it is just more interesting to watch him from Robert Whittaker than Whittaker vs. Romero 2, a fight I believe Whittaker wins even more conclusively than that he did the first time. Romero isn’t a man who completes people quickly, however, the mere truth he’s so dangerous in the later rounds poses a different challenge for Luke. That said, I hope Rockhold’s cardio to hold up at 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 battle progresses. You always need to be concerned about Romero’s KO power, in addition to the possibility for him to put Rockhold on his spine and deliver a punishment, but I believe Rockhold gets the win in a tough, highly competitive contest. Luke Rockhold by unanimous conclusion.

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