Just one major UFC card in February and it is 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 title fight on the card. Per usual, the main card will begin at 10 p.m. ET and on pay-per-view. The prelims are on Fox Sports 1. Here’s a look at the main struggles. The UFC made its introduction in Australia with UFC 110 in February 2010. The organization’s first card in Western Australia, will be its 12th in the country. Let us 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 competitor at the middleweight division along with the American Rockhold that the No. 2. Rockhold is -140 at Mybookie.ag with Romero at +120 and an over/under of 1.5 rounds. So who is the champion? Australian Robert Whittaker, but he was forced to pull against Rockhold because of injury — the main reason why the card is in Australia was due to Whittaker. “I have gone into several fights injured,” Whittaker said this week. “I went to the Yoel Romero fight with a torn MCL, I went to multiple fights with broken hands, and that is never deterred me. And during my homework and also my camp, I did my hamstring — I did blow off my hamstring outside — but I was willing to work on it. We worked around it, threw it on the wall, no volatile sort of stuff, and then I got an abscess disease. That totally knocked me out of the park.” While he was previously able to train around his hamstring injury, the disease ended up departing”The Reaper” bedridden for many weeks, and Whittaker considers the weakening of his immune system may have resulted in his consequent battle with chickenpox too. Chickenpox in adults can be very serious, even deadly.
When Was the Last Time Robert Whittaker Fought?
Whittaker continue fought in July, beating Romero by unanimous conclusion. He hasn’t confronted Rockhold. Georges St-Pierre won the middleweight title last year over Michael Bisping at UFC 217 but vacated it since he could not defend it in because time due to his health concerns. Whittaker then won the interim belt vs. Romero. A former UFC winner, Rockhold is coming off a TKO win over David Branch in September. Rockhold lost his title to Bisping at UFC 199 in June 2016. In terms of remarkable differential (the difference between significant strikes landed per minute and important strikes consumed per minute) Rockhold includes a substantial advantage over Romero. His striking differential in the UFC is plus-2.50, while Romero’s is currently plus-0.77. But during his UFC career, Romero has scored six knockdowns at a speed of 0.78 knockdown per 15 minutes. Rockhold only includes two knockdowns through eight-career UFC fights. In addition, he’s been on the receiving end of three 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 ranked No. 5 in the division and Blaydes No. 9. However, Blaydes is a -160 popular and Hunt +135. Hunt was cleared to return to competition. Citing”medical concerns,” Hunt was pulled from November’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner in Sydney, a decision was made after Hunt admitted to memory loss and slurred speech at a piece he wrote for PlayersVoice.com.au titled,”When I perish fighting, that’s fine.” Hunt, already with a single lawsuit against the UFC, threatened another in the wake of the promotion’s decision to pull him from UFC Sydney. He predicted UFC President Dana White a”bald-headed prick” at a scathing Instagram post. Hunt claimed this suspension was punishment for its civil lawsuit he filed against the business, White and Brock Lesnar regarding Lesnar’s failed evaluation at UFC 200. Hunt’s final fight took place in May in UFC Fight Night 110, where he conquered Derrick Lewis through TKO in a slugfest”Fight of the evening ” After suffering a TKO loss to high contender Francis Ngannou within his promotional debut, Blaydes, a 26-year-old former collegiate wrestler, has since won four successive fights. Three of the wins — over Cody East, Adam Milstead and Oleksiy Oliynyk — came via knockout. Blaydes has completed seven of the eight career wins by knockout or technical knockout.
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