Just one important UFC card in February and it’s Saturday night from Perth Arena at 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 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 fights. 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 take a look the very best UFC 221 betting odds for this particular Saturday.
UFC 221 Betting Odds, Predictions & Picks UFC 221 Betting Odds: Rockhold (+135) / Romero (-160) The Cuban Romero is your 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 an over/under of 1.5 rounds. So who is the champion? Australian Robert Whittaker, but he had been made to pull out against Rockhold because of injury — the main reason the card is in Australia was because of Whittaker. “I have gone into many fights hurt,” Whittaker said this week. “I moved to the Yoel Romero fight with a torn MCL, I went to multiple conflicts with broken hands, and that’s never deterred me. And through my prep and also my camp, I did my hamstring — I did blow off my hamstring outside — but that I was willing to work around it. We worked around it, threw it on the wall, no explosive sort of stuff, then I got an abscess infection. That totally knocked me out of the park.” While he was formerly able to train his hamstring injury, the disease ended up departing”The Reaper” bedridden for several weeks, and Whittaker considers that the loopholes of his immune system might have resulted in his ensuing 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 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 issues. Whittaker subsequently 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 title to Bisping in UFC 199 at June 2016. Concerning remarkable differential (the difference between significant strikes landed per minute and significant strikes consumed per minute) Rockhold has a significant edge 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 in a speed of 0.78 knockdown a 15 minutes. Rockhold just has two knockdowns through eight-career UFC fights. Additionally, he has 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’s a heavyweight bout with New Zealand’s Hunt ranked No. 5 at the division and Blaydes No. 9. However, Blaydes is a -160 favorite and Hunt +135. Hunt was cleared to go back to competition. Citing”medical issues,” Hunt was hauled out of November’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner in Sydney, a decision was made after Hunt confessed to memory loss and slurred address in a piece he composed for PlayersVoice.com.au titled,”When I perish fighting, that is fine.” Hunt, already with one lawsuit against the UFC, jeopardized another in the aftermath of the advertising’s decision to pull him from UFC Sydney. He predicted 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 business, White and Brock Lesnar regarding Lesnar’s failed test at UFC 200. Hunt’s last fight took place in May in UFC Fight Night 110, where he defeated Derrick Lewis via TKO in a slugfest”Fight of the Night” After enduring a TKO loss to high contender Francis Ngannou within his promotional debut, Blaydes, a 26-year-old former collegiate wrestler, has won four successive fights. Three of those wins — over Cody East, Adam Milstead and Oleksiy Oliynyk — came through knockout. Blaydes has finished seven of the eight career wins by knockout or technical knockout.
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