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 rather divided on who’ll win the main event between Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero, which is fitting considering the 50-50 character of the 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.
Notice: Predictions are entered throughout the week and collected the day prior to the event. Explanations behind each choice are not required and a few writers elect not to do so for their own reasons. For example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any excuses , he has no idea if he is going to be the only one siding with one fighter for any specific fight.
Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero
Anton Tabuena: Romero doesn’t have MMA wrestling which is certainly on par with his qualifications, and when this does go to the ground, which is Rockhold’s entire world. So this essentially boils down to Romero landing a bomb, or he labored by the technical and complete fighter. Romero has electricity and he can certainly put out his lights at any stage, but I simply think Rockhold is the far superior MMA fighter overall. Unless Rockhold starts slow and gets sloppy, he should be able to control space, land those big kicks, and possibly finish this on the ground. Luke Rockhold by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Selfishly, I need Rockhold to win because it’s just more interesting to watch him from Robert Whittaker compared to Whittaker vs. Romero two, a fight I think Whittaker wins much more conclusively than he did the first time. Romero isn’t a guy who completes people immediately, however, the mere fact that he’s so dangerous from the later rounds poses a different challenge for Luke. Nevertheless, I trust Rockhold’s cardio to hold up in a five-rounder, he’s got a more varied ground game than Romero (zero career submission efforts ), and that I think his cries will be key to effecting Romero’s gas tank as the fight progresses. You constantly have to be worried about Romero’s KO power, as well as the possibility for him to put Rockhold on his back and deliver a punishment, but I think Rockhold gets the win in a tough, highly competitive contest. Luke Rockhold by decision.

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