The Bloody Elbow team has made its picks for UFC 225, and I’m not sure I should be calling this”UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2.” For now, Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero hasn’t yet been cancelled after Romero’s weight miss, but we know that it’s not to get a title fight. Theoretically this probably should be Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington because the primary event, irrespective of the standing of Whittaker vs. Romero.
Anyway, everyone is going with Robert Whittaker over Yoel Romero for Saturday night. As for the co-main event, only Phil Mackenzie is going with Colby Covington to beat Rafael dos Anjos and eventually become the interim welterweight champion.
Can Romero beat the gas tank of Whittaker? Can Covington haul down RDA?
UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 staff picks and predictions for the card
Notice: Predictions are entered throughout the week and collected prior to the event. Explanations behind every pick aren’t required and a few authors opt to not do this for their own motives. By way of example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any explanations, he has no idea if he’s likely to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any given fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero
Anton Tabuena: Romero will remain dangerous, but Whittaker is most likely to function as person who has made the most improvements because their first bout. I would’ve chosen Whittaker before Romero looking like passing on the scale, and now I expect a more one-sided affair this time. Robert Whittaker by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Well Romero. This is presently a non-title bout, and it has three rounds (I’m assuming). Anyway, these were my ideas before the weight miss, and nothing changes . My selection hinges almost entirely on Whittaker not looking depleted after all of the health problems that plagued him earlier in the year. His takedown defense is phenomenal, and even when Romero got him down, he could not hold him there… which was even with Whittaker’s knee getting jacked by Romero from the opening around! I really don’t think that changes in the rematch, and he struggles at a pace and instances his strikes much better than Yoel does. Their first bout is still the only time Romero has been outlanded at a UFC battle. I’m anticipating Romero to fight this one strategically because he did vs. Luke Rockhold. But, Rockhold is a somewhat basic and comparatively wooden striker, whereas Whittaker cuts throws and angles in penalizing combinations. I know there’s the third-round Romero fear, but do not rule out Whittaker planting Romero with a head kick. I am hoping we get yet another thriller, but the pick remains Robert Whittaker by decision.
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