Just one important UFC card in February and it is Saturday night from Perth Arena in Australia (struggle is Sunday Down Under) since Luke Rockhold takes on fill-in challenger Yoel Romero for its interim middleweight belt. It’s the only title fight on the card. Per usual, the principal card will begin at 10 p.m. ET and on pay-per-view. The prelims are on Fox Sports 1. Following is a peek at the main struggles. The UFC made its introduction in Australia with UFC 110 in February 2010. The organization’s very first card in Western Australia, will be its 12th in the nation. Let us 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 contender in the middleweight division and the American Rockhold that the No. 2. Rockhold is -140 in Mybookie.ag with Romero in +120 and also an over/under of 1.5 rounds. So who’s the champion? Australian Robert Whittaker, but he was made 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 several fights hurt,” Whittaker said this week. “I went into the Yoel Romero fight with a torn MCL, I moved to multiple fights with broken hands, and that is never deterred me. And through my prep and also my camp, I did my hamstring — I did blow my hamstring out — but I was ready to work around it. So we worked around it, threw it on the wall, no volatile sort of material, and then I got an abscess infection. That totally knocked me from the park.” While he was previously able to train around his hamstring injury, the infection ended up departing”The Reaper” bedridden for several weeks, and Whittaker believes the weakening of his immune system may have led to his consequent battle with chickenpox too. Chickenpox in adults can be quite severe, even fatal.
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 this past year over Michael Bisping at UFC 217 but vacated it since he couldn’t defend it in because time owing to his own health issues. Whittaker then won the interim belt vs. 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. In terms of remarkable differential (the difference between significant strikes acquired per second and significant strikes absorbed per minute) Rockhold has a significant advantage over Romero. His striking differential from the UFC is plus-2.50, while Romero’s is currently plus-0.77. But during his UFC career, Romero has scored six knockdowns in a speed of 0.78 knockdown per 15 minutes. Rockhold only includes two knockdowns through eight-career UFC fights. Additionally, 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’s a heavyweight bout with New Zealand’s Hunt ranked No. 5 in the division 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 hauled from November’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner at Sydney, a decision was made after Hunt admitted to memory loss and slurred speech at a piece he composed for PlayersVoice.com.au titled,”When I perish fighting, that is fine.” Hunt, already with a single lawsuit against the UFC, jeopardized another in the wake of the promotion’s decision 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 occurred in May in UFC Fight Night 110, where he defeated Derrick Lewis through TKO at a slugfest”Fight of the Night.” After suffering a TKO loss to top contender Francis Ngannou in 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 — came through knockout. Blaydes has completed seven of his eight career wins by knockout or technical knockout.
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