UFC 221: Romero vs Rockhold Betting Odds and Predictions
The UFC heads to Australia for the first time this season when it sets up shop in Perth for UFC 221. Though the card is far from the sexiest you will notice, there are still lots of compelling bouts to stay diehard fans interested.
The main event features Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold facing away. This bout was for the interim middleweight crown but after Romero failed to make weight, the name is only going to be online for Rockhold. The remaining portion of the card is stuffed with plenty of hometown ability that’ll look to find the crowd in Perth excited for their first event .
Yoel Romero vs Luke Rockhold
Romero (+120) is an athletic freak. Regardless of being 40 years old,”The Soldier of God” has more speed, power and athleticism than fighters half his age. This is the base of the entire game of Romero. At the striking stage, the Cuban only floats and waits for his moment to explode into strikes. It works exactly the exact same because of his wrestling. Romero is an Olympic wrestler and depends upon that skill set more than any other but he still prefers to land takedowns with explosiveness instead of grinding it out.
But, Romero has a gas tank that is little. He is individual in the Octagon because he burns through his cardio extremely quickly. You are able to see him visibly breathing heavily after a big explosion of movement. That is why his entire game is built around controlled proportions of energy resulting in controlling his competitor.
Not to be outdone, Rockhold (-150) is much more athletically gifted than 95 percent of those fighters in the UFC. The former winner is fast and powerful but uses his normal size advantage better than many in the branch, whether that is working from range behind his left body and hook kick or dominating the leverage battle in the clinch. Offensively wrestling is not something Rockhold concentrates on — unless working out of the clinch — but he is just one of the craftier submission fighters in the division.
There are holes in the game of Rockhold. The only minor flaw that sticks out is his inclination to rely on specific strikes on the toes. He could rely too much on his left body and hook kick, telegraphing and giving a chance to get countered.
Romero is as dangerous as they come but his cardio is simply not there to compete with Rockhold. “The Soldier of God” can always land a KO shot — he has proven that — but Rockhold’s clinch function will put on Romero down.
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