Only one important UFC card in February and it is Saturday night from Perth Arena in Australia (struggle 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. Here’s a peek at the principal struggles. The UFC made its debut 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 very best UFC 221 betting 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 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 made to pull out against Rockhold because of injury — the most important reason 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 moved to multiple conflicts with broken hands, and that is never deterred me. And through my homework and my camp, I did my hamstring — I’d blow my hamstring out — but I was ready to work around it. We worked around it, threw it on the wall, no volatile sort of stuff, and then I got an abscess infection. That absolutely knocked me from 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 that the loopholes of his immune system may have led to his ensuing 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 decision. He hasn’t 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 due 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 at UFC 199 in June 2016. In terms of striking differential (the difference between significant strikes acquired per second and significant strikes consumed 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 at a rate of 0.78 knockdown a 15 minutes. Rockhold just has two knockdowns through eight-career UFC fights. In addition, he has 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 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 pulled out of November’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner in Sydney, a decision was made later Hunt admitted to memory loss and slurred speech in a piece he composed for PlayersVoice.com.au titled,”When I perish fighting, that is fine.” Hunt, already with one litigation 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 that a”bald-headed prick” at a scathing Instagram post. Hunt maintained this suspension was punishment for its civil lawsuit he filed against the company, White and Brock Lesnar regarding Lesnar’s failed evaluation at UFC 200. Hunt’s final fight occurred in May in UFC Fight Night 110, where he conquered Derrick Lewis through TKO at a slugfest”Fight of the evening .” After enduring a TKO loss to top contender Francis Ngannou in his promotional debut, Blaydes, a 26-year-old former collegiate wrestler, has since won four consecutive fights. Three of those 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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