Only one important UFC card in February and it’s Saturday night from Perth Arena in Australia (fight is Sunday Down Under) as Luke Rockhold takes on fill-in challenger Yoel Romero for the interim middleweight belt. It is the only name fight on the card. Per usual, the principal card will start at 10 p.m. ET and on pay-per-view. The prelims are on Fox Sports 1. Following is a look at the principal struggles. The UFC made its introduction in Australia with UFC 110 in February 2010. The company’s very first card in Western Australia, will be its 12th in the nation. Let’s take a look the top UFC 221 gambling odds for this Saturday.
UFC 221 Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions UFC 221 Betting Odds: Rockhold (+135) / Romero (-160) The Cuban Romero is the No. 1 contender in the middleweight division along with also the American Rockhold the No. 2. Rockhold is -140 at Mybookie.ag with Romero in +120 and an over/under of 1.5 rounds. So who’s the winner? Australian Robert Whittaker, but he was forced to pull out against Rockhold because of injury — the most important reason why the card is in Australia was because of Whittaker. «I have gone into many struggles injured,» Whittaker said this week. «I moved to the Yoel Romero fight with a torn MCL, I went into multiple fights with broken hands, and that’s never deterred me. And through my homework and also my camp, I did my hamstring — I did blow my hamstring out — but that I was ready to work on it. We worked around it, threw it on the wall, no explosive type of stuff, and then I got an abscess infection. That absolutely knocked me out of the playground.» While he was previously able to train his hamstring injury, the disease ended up leaving»The Reaper» bedridden for many weeks, and Whittaker considers that the loopholes of his immune system may have led to his consequent battle with chickenpox too. Chickenpox in adults can be very serious, even fatal.
When Was the Last Time Robert Whittaker Fought?
Whittaker continue fought in July, beating Romero by unanimous decision. He hasn’t faced Rockhold. Georges St-Pierre won the middleweight title last year over Michael Bisping in UFC 217 but vacated it since he couldn’t defend it in due time due to his own health concerns. Whittaker then won the interim belt Romero. A former UFC champion, Rockhold is coming from a TKO win over David Branch in September. Rockhold lost his title to Bisping in UFC 199 at June 2016. Concerning striking differential (the difference between significant strikes landed per second and important strikes consumed per second ) Rockhold includes a substantial edge over Romero. His striking differential from the UFC is plus-2.50, while Romero’s is currently plus-0.77. However, during his UFC career, Romero has scored six knockdowns at a rate of 0.78 knockdown a 15 minutes. Rockhold only includes two knockdowns through eight-career UFC fights. Additionally, he’s been on the receiving end of 3 knockdowns.
Mark Hunt (13-11) vs. Curtis Blaydes (8-1)
UFC 221 Betting Odds: Hunt (+135) / Blaydes (-160) It is a heavyweight bout with New Zealand’s Hunt rated No. 5 at the branch and Blaydes No. 9. But, Blaydes is a -160 popular and Hunt +135. Hunt was cleared to go back to competition. Citing»medical concerns,» Hunt was hauled from November’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner in Sydney, a conclusion had been made later Hunt admitted to memory loss and slurred address at a piece he composed for PlayersVoice.com.au titled,»If I perish fighting, that is fine.» Hunt, already with one litigation against the UFC, jeopardized another in the wake of the advertising’s choice to pull him from UFC Sydney. He called UFC President Dana White a»bald-headed prick» at a scathing Instagram post. Hunt claimed this suspension was punishment because of its civil lawsuit he filed against the company, White and Brock Lesnar regarding Lesnar’s failed test at UFC 200. Hunt’s final fight took place in May in UFC Fight Night 110, where he conquered Derrick Lewis via TKO in a slugfest»Fight of the Night.» After enduring a TKO loss to top contender Francis Ngannou in his promotional debut, Blaydes, a 26-year-old former collegiate wrestler, has won four consecutive fights. Three of the wins — over Cody East, Adam Milstead and Oleksiy Oliynyk — came via knockout. Blaydes has finished seven of the eight career wins by knockout or technical knockout.
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