UFC 221 Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions

Only one important UFC card in February and it is Saturday night from Perth Arena at Australia (fight is Sunday Down Under) as Luke Rockhold takes 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 begin at 10 p.m. ET and on pay-per-view. The prelims are on Fox Sports 1. Following is a peek at the main fights. 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 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 the No. 1 contender in the middleweight division along with 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 out against Rockhold due to injury — the main reason the card is in Australia was due to Whittaker. “I’ve gone into several fights hurt,” Whittaker said this week. “I moved to the Yoel Romero fight with a torn MCL, I went into multiple fights with broken hands, and that’s never deterred me. And through my homework and also my camp, I did my hamstring — I did blow off my hamstring out — but that I was ready to work on it. So we worked around it, threw it on the wall, no volatile sort of stuff, then I got an abscess infection. That totally knocked me from the park.” While he was previously able to train around his hamstring injury, the infection ended up departing”The Reaper” bedridden for several weeks, and Whittaker believes the weakening of his immune system may have led to his ensuing battle with chickenpox too. Chickenpox in adults can be very serious, even deadly.
When Was the Last Time Robert Whittaker Fought?
Whittaker last fought in July, beating Romero by unanimous decision. He has not faced Rockhold. Georges St-Pierre won the middleweight title last year over Michael Bisping at UFC 217 but vacated it because he could not defend it in because time due to his health concerns. Whittaker subsequently won the interim belt vs. Romero. A former UFC winner, Rockhold is coming from a TKO win over David Branch in September. Rockhold lost his name to Bisping in UFC 199 at June 2016. In terms of remarkable differential (the difference between significant strikes acquired per second and important 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 currently plus-0.77. However, during his UFC career, Romero has scored six knockdowns at a speed of 0.78 knockdown per 15 minutes. Rockhold only 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. However, 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 in Sydney, a decision was made later Hunt admitted to memory loss and slurred address in a piece he wrote for PlayersVoice.com.au titled,”When I die 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 out of 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 company, White and Brock Lesnar regarding Lesnar’s failed test at UFC 200. Hunt’s last fight occurred 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 within his promotional introduction, Blaydes, a 26-year-old former collegiate wrestler, has won four consecutive fights. Three of those 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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