Only one major 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 is 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 principal struggles. The UFC made its introduction in Australia with UFC 110 in February 2010. The company’s very first card in Western Australia, will be its 12th in the country. Let us take a look the top 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 your No. 1 competitor at the middleweight division and also the American Rockhold that the No. 2. Rockhold is -140 at Mybookie.ag with Romero at +120 and an over/under of 1.5 rounds. So who is the winner? Australian Robert Whittaker, but he had been forced to pull against Rockhold because of injury — the most important reason why the card is in Australia was due to Whittaker. “I’ve gone into many struggles 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’s never deterred me. And through my prep and my camp, I did my hamstring — I did blow off my hamstring out — but that I was willing to work around it. We worked around it, threw it on the wall, no explosive type of stuff, and then I got an abscess disease. That totally knocked me out of the playground.” While he was previously able to train around his hamstring injury, the infection ended up departing”The Reaper” bedridden for many weeks, and Whittaker believes the weakening of his immune system may have resulted in his ensuing battle with chickenpox too. Chickenpox in adults can be quite severe, even deadly.
When Was the Last Time Robert Whittaker Fought?
Whittaker continue fought in July, beating Romero by unanimous conclusion. He has not confronted Rockhold. Georges St-Pierre won the middleweight title last year over Michael Bisping at UFC 217 but vacated it because he couldn’t defend it in because time due to his health concerns. Whittaker subsequently won the interim belt Romero. A former UFC champion, Rockhold is coming off a TKO win over David Branch in September. Rockhold lost his name to Bisping in UFC 199 in June 2016. In terms of striking differential (the difference between significant strikes acquired per minute and significant strikes absorbed per second ) Rockhold includes a substantial edge over Romero. His striking differential from the UFC is plus-2.50, while Romero’s is currently plus-0.77. However, during his UFC career, Romero has scored six knockdowns in a rate of 0.78 knockdown a 15 minutes. Rockhold only has two knockdowns through 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 ranked No. 5 at the division and Blaydes No. 9. But, Blaydes is a -160 favorite and Hunt +135. Hunt was recently cleared to go back to competition. Citing”medical concerns,” Hunt was hauled from November’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner at Sydney, a conclusion was made later Hunt admitted to memory loss and slurred address at a piece he composed for PlayersVoice.com.au titled,”When I die fighting, that’s fine.” Hunt, already with a single litigation against the UFC, jeopardized another in the wake of the advertising’s decision to pull him out of UFC Sydney. He called UFC President Dana White a”bald-headed prick” at a scathing Instagram post. Hunt claimed this suspension was punishment for the 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 at UFC Fight Night 110, where he defeated Derrick Lewis via TKO in 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 consecutive fights. Three of those wins — over Cody East, Adam Milstead and Oleksiy Oliynyk — came via knockout. Blaydes has completed seven of his eight career wins by knockout or technical knockout.
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