UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold staff picks and predictions

The Bloody Elbow team has made its own predictions for Saturday’s UFC 221 card in Perth, Australia. Opinion is fairly divided on who will win the primary event between Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero, which is fitting considering the 50-50 character of this one. Our thoughts are also split on the co-main between Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes. In terms of the rest of the card? Yeah… completely unanimous.
Note: Predictions are entered throughout the week and collected the day before the event. Explanations behind every pick aren’t required and a few authors elect not to do so 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’s going to be the only one siding with one 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 if this does go to the ground, which is Rockhold’s world. This essentially boils down to Romero landing a bomb, or him worked by the technical and complete fighter. Romero has electricity and he can certainly put his lights out at any stage, but I simply think Rockhold is your far superior MMA fighter in general. Unless Rockhold begins slow and gets cluttered, he should be in a position to control distance, land those huge kisses, and maybe complete this on the ground. Luke Rockhold by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Selfishly, I need Rockhold to acquire because it’s just more interesting to see him from Robert Whittaker compared to Whittaker vs. Romero 2, a struggle I believe Whittaker wins much more than that he did the very first time. Romero isn’t a man who completes people immediately, however, the mere truth that he’s so harmful from the subsequent rounds presents a different challenge for Luke. Nevertheless, I hope Rockhold’s cardio to hold up at a five-rounder, he’s got a more diverse floor game than Romero (zero career submission attempts), 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 possibility for him to put Rockhold on his back and deliver a punishment, but that I believe Rockhold gets the win in a tough, highly competitive competition. Luke Rockhold by conclusion.

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