Just one important UFC card in February and it’s 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 is the only title 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. Here’s a peek at the main struggles. The UFC made its debut in Australia with UFC 110 in February 2010. The organization’s first card in Western Australia, will be its 12th in the nation. Let’s have 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 and 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 champion? Australian Robert Whittaker, but he was made to pull against Rockhold due to injury — the main reason why the card is in Australia was due to Whittaker. “I’ve gone into several struggles hurt,” Whittaker said this week. “I went to the Yoel Romero fight with a torn MCL, I went into multiple fights with broken hands, and that is never deterred me. And during my homework and my camp, I did my hamstring — I’d blow off my hamstring outside — but I was ready to work on it. We worked around it, threw it on the wall, no explosive sort of material, and then I got an abscess infection. That absolutely knocked me out of the playground.” While he was previously able to train around his hamstring injury, the disease ended up leaving”The Reaper” bedridden for many weeks, and Whittaker believes the weakening of his immune system might have led to his consequent battle with chickenpox as well. Chickenpox in adults can be quite severe, 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 since he couldn’t defend it in due time due 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 in June 2016. Concerning remarkable differential (the difference between significant strikes landed per second and important strikes consumed per minute) 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 just has two knockdowns via 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 favorite and Hunt +135. Hunt was cleared to go back to competition. Citing”medical issues,” Hunt was pulled out of November’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner at Sydney, a decision was made later Hunt admitted to memory loss and slurred speech at a piece he composed for PlayersVoice.com.au titled,”If I perish fighting, that’s fine.” Hunt, already with one litigation against the UFC, jeopardized another in the aftermath of the promotion’s choice to pull him from UFC Sydney. He predicted UFC President Dana White that a”bald-headed prick” at a scathing Instagram post. Hunt maintained this suspension was punishment because of the civil lawsuit he filed against the company, White and Brock Lesnar regarding Lesnar’s failed test at UFC 200. Hunt’s last fight took place in May at UFC Fight Night 110, where he conquered Derrick Lewis via TKO in a slugfest”Fight of the Night” After enduring a TKO loss to high contender Francis Ngannou in his promotional introduction, 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 — arrived via knockout. Blaydes has finished seven of his eight career wins by knockout or technical knockout.
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