Only one important UFC card in February and it is Saturday night from Perth Arena at Australia (struggle is Sunday Down Under) as Luke Rockhold takes on fill-in challenger Yoel Romero for the 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. Here’s a look at the principal 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 country. Let us have a look the very best 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 competitor at 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 champion? Australian Robert Whittaker, but he was forced to pull out against Rockhold because of injury — the most important reason why the card is in Australia was because of Whittaker. “I’ve gone into several fights injured,” Whittaker said this week. “I went into the Yoel Romero fight with a torn MCL, I went into multiple fights with broken hands, and that is never deterred me. And through my prep and also my camp, I did my hamstring — I’d blow my hamstring outside — but that I was ready to work around it. So we just worked around it, threw it on the wall, no explosive sort of stuff, then I got an abscess infection. That absolutely knocked me from the playground.” While he was previously able to train his hamstring injury, the disease ended up leaving”The Reaper” bedridden for many weeks, and Whittaker believes 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 since he could not defend it in because time due to his health issues. 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 in UFC 199 in June 2016. Concerning remarkable differential (the difference between significant strikes landed per second and significant strikes absorbed per second ) 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. However, during his UFC career, Romero has scored six knockdowns in a rate of 0.78 knockdown per 15 minutes. Rockhold just includes two knockdowns via eight-career UFC fights. In addition, 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’s a heavyweight bout with New Zealand’s Hunt rated No. 5 at 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 in Sydney, a conclusion was made later Hunt confessed to memory loss and slurred address in a piece he composed for PlayersVoice.com.au titled,”When I perish fighting, that’s fine.” Hunt, already with one lawsuit against the UFC, threatened 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” in a scathing Instagram post. Hunt claimed this suspension was punishment because of the civil lawsuit he filed against the business, White and Brock Lesnar regarding Lesnar’s failed test at UFC 200. Hunt’s final fight took place in May at UFC Fight Night 110, where he conquered Derrick Lewis via TKO in a slugfest”Fight of the evening ” After enduring a TKO loss to high contender Francis Ngannou within his promotional introduction, Blaydes, a 26-year-old former collegiate wrestler, has won four consecutive fights. Three of the wins — over Cody East, Adam Milstead and Oleksiy Oliynyk — came via knockout. Blaydes has finished seven of his eight career wins by knockout or technical knockout.
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