Only one important UFC card in February and it is Saturday night from Perth Arena in Australia (fight is Sunday Down Under) since Luke Rockhold requires 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 start 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 debut 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 very best UFC 221 betting odds for this Saturday.
UFC 221 Betting Odds, Predictions & Picks UFC 221 Betting Odds: Rockhold (+135) / Romero (-160) The Cuban Romero is the No. 1 contender in the middleweight division along with the American Rockhold the No. 2. Rockhold is -140 at Mybookie.ag with Romero at +120 and an over/under of 1.5 rounds. So who’s the winner? Australian Robert Whittaker, but he had been forced to pull against Rockhold because of injury — the main reason why the card is in Australia was due to Whittaker. “I’ve gone into several struggles injured,” Whittaker said this week. “I went to the Yoel Romero fight with a torn MCL, I went into multiple conflicts with broken hands, and that’s never deterred me. And through my prep and my camp, I did my hamstring — I’d blow off my hamstring out — but I was ready to work around it. We just worked around it, threw it on the wall, no volatile sort of stuff, and then I got an abscess disease. That absolutely knocked me out of the playground.” While he was previously able to train his hamstring injury, the infection ended up departing”The Reaper” bedridden for several weeks, and Whittaker considers the weakening of his immune system might have resulted in his consequent battle with chickenpox too. Chickenpox in adults can be very severe, even deadly.
When Was the Last Time Robert Whittaker Fought?
Whittaker last fought in July, beating Romero by unanimous conclusion. He has not confronted Rockhold. Georges St-Pierre won the middleweight title this past year over Michael Bisping at UFC 217 but vacated it because he could not defend it in due time owing 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 name to Bisping at UFC 199 in June 2016. In terms of striking differential (the difference between significant strikes acquired per second and important strikes absorbed per minute) Rockhold has a substantial advantage over Romero. His striking differential in 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 speed of 0.78 knockdown per 15 minutes. Rockhold only has two knockdowns via 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 rated No. 5 in the branch and Blaydes No. 9. But, Blaydes is a -160 favorite and Hunt +135. Hunt was recently cleared to return to competition. Citing”medical issues,” Hunt was hauled out of November’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner at Sydney, a decision had been made after Hunt admitted to memory loss and slurred speech at a piece he composed for PlayersVoice.com.au titled,”When I die 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 maintained this suspension was punishment for the civil lawsuit he filed against the company, 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 via TKO at a slugfest”Fight of the Night” After enduring a TKO loss to top 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 the eight career wins by knockout or technical knockout.
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