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UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold staff picks and predictions

The Bloody Elbow team has made its forecasts for Saturday’s UFC 221 card in Perth, Australia. Opinion is fairly divided on who’ll win the main event between Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero, which is fitting considering the 50-50 nature of the one. Our thoughts are also divided on the co-main between Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes. As for the rest of the principal card? Yeah… fully forgettable.
Notice: Predictions are entered during the week and gathered the day before the event. Explanations behind each pick aren’t required and a few writers elect not to do so for their own motives. By way of instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any explanationshe has no idea if he’s 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 that is certainly on par with his credentials, and when this goes to the floor, which is Rockhold’s world. This basically 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 out his lights at any stage, but I simply think Rockhold is your far superior MMA fighter overall. Unless Rockhold begins slow and gets cluttered, he ought to be in a position to control space, land those big kicks, and possibly complete this on the ground. Luke Rockhold by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Selfishly, I need Rockhold to win since it’s simply more interesting to watch him against Robert Whittaker compared to Whittaker vs. Romero 2, a fight I think Whittaker wins much more conclusively than he did the very first time. Romero isn’t a man who completes people quickly, but the mere fact that he’s so dangerous in the later rounds presents another challenge for Luke. That said, I hope Rockhold’s cardio to maintain up at a five-rounder, he has a more varied floor game than Romero (zero career submission attempts), and I believe his kicks will be crucial to effecting Romero’s gas tank as the battle progresses. You always have to be worried about Romero’s KO power, as well as the potential for him to put Rockhold on his back and deliver some punishment, but that I believe Rockhold gets the win in a tough, highly competitive contest. Luke Rockhold by unanimous decision.

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