Just one important UFC card in February and it is Saturday night from Perth Arena in Australia (struggle is Sunday Down Under) as Luke Rockhold requires on fill-in challenger Yoel Romero for its interim middleweight belt. It’s 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 main struggles. The UFC made its introduction in Australia with UFC 110 in February 2010. The company’s first card in Western Australia, will be its 12th in the country. Let us have a look the top UFC 221 gambling odds for this particular Saturday.
UFC 221 Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions UFC 221 Betting Odds: Rockhold (+135) / Romero (-160) The Cuban Romero is your No. 1 contender in the middleweight division and also the American Rockhold the No. 2. Rockhold is -140 in Mybookie.ag with Romero at +120 and also an over/under of 1.5 rounds. So who is the winner? Australian Robert Whittaker, but he was made to pull out against Rockhold because of injury — the main reason why the card is in Australia was due to Whittaker. “I’ve gone into several fights injured,” Whittaker said this week. “I went to the Yoel Romero fight with a torn MCL, I moved into multiple fights with broken hands, and that is never deterred me. And through my homework and my camp, I did my hamstring — I did blow off my hamstring outside — but I was ready to work around it. We worked around it, threw it on the wall, no explosive sort of stuff, and then I got an abscess infection. That totally knocked me from the park.” While he was formerly able to train around his hamstring injury, the infection ended up departing”The Reaper” bedridden for several weeks, and Whittaker considers the weakening of his immune system may have led to his ensuing battle with chickenpox too. Chickenpox in adults can be quite serious, even deadly.
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 because he could not defend it in due time owing to his own health concerns. Whittaker subsequently won the interim belt vs. Romero. A former UFC winner, Rockhold is coming from a TKO win over David Branch in September. Rockhold lost his title to Bisping at UFC 199 at June 2016. In terms of striking differential (the difference between significant strikes landed per second and important strikes absorbed per second ) Rockhold has a substantial edge over Romero. His striking differential from the UFC is plus-2.50, while Romero’s is now plus-0.77. But during his UFC career, Romero has scored six knockdowns at a rate 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 at the division and Blaydes No. 9. However, Blaydes is a -160 popular and Hunt +135. Hunt was recently cleared to return to competition. Citing”medical concerns,” Hunt was hauled from November’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner at Sydney, a decision had been made later Hunt confessed to memory loss and slurred speech 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 aftermath of the advertising’s choice to pull him out of UFC Sydney. He called UFC President Dana White a”bald-headed prick” at a scathing Instagram post. Hunt maintained this suspension was punishment because of the 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 defeated Derrick Lewis through TKO at a slugfest”Fight of the evening ” After enduring a TKO loss to top contender Francis Ngannou within his promotional introduction, Blaydes, a 26-year-old former collegiate wrestler, has since won four consecutive fights. Three of the wins — over Cody East, Adam Milstead and Oleksiy Oliynyk — arrived through knockout. Blaydes has finished seven of his eight career wins by knockout or technical knockout.