UFC 221 Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions
Just one important UFC card in February and it’s Saturday night from Perth Arena in Australia (fight is Sunday Down Under) since Luke Rockhold takes on fill-in challenger Yoel Romero for its interim middleweight belt. It’s the only title fight on the card. Per usual, the main 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 main struggles. The UFC made its debut in Australia with UFC 110 in February 2010. The organization’s first card in Western Australia, will be its 12th in the nation. Let us take a look the top 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 the No. 1 contender in the middleweight division along with also the American Rockhold 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 against Rockhold because of injury — the main reason why the card is in Australia was due to Whittaker. “I have gone into many fights hurt,” Whittaker said this week. “I went into 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’d blow off my hamstring out — but that I was ready to work on it. We just worked around it, threw it on the wall, no volatile type of stuff, and then I got an abscess disease. That absolutely knocked me out of the playground.” While he was previously able to train his hamstring injury, the infection ended up departing”The Reaper” bedridden for many weeks, and Whittaker believes the weakening of his immune system might have led to his consequent battle with chickenpox as well. Chickenpox in adults can be quite serious, even deadly.
When Was the Last Time Robert Whittaker Fought?
Whittaker last fought in July, beating Romero by unanimous conclusion. He has not 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 because time due to his health concerns. Whittaker subsequently won the interim belt Romero. A former UFC champion, Rockhold is coming from a TKO win over David Branch in September. Rockhold lost his title to Bisping in UFC 199 at June 2016. In terms of striking differential (the difference between significant strikes acquired per minute and important strikes absorbed per second ) Rockhold has a significant edge over Romero. His striking differential from the UFC is plus-2.50, while Romero’s is now plus-0.77. But during his UFC career, Romero has scored six knockdowns at a rate of 0.78 knockdown per 15 minutes. Rockhold only has two knockdowns via 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 rated No. 5 in the branch and Blaydes No. 9. However, Blaydes is a -160 favorite and Hunt +135. Hunt was cleared to return to competition. Citing”medical concerns,” Hunt was pulled out of November’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner at Sydney, a decision was made after Hunt admitted to memory loss and slurred speech in a piece he wrote for PlayersVoice.com.au titled,”If I perish fighting, that is 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 predicted UFC President Dana White that a”bald-headed prick” at a scathing Instagram post. Hunt claimed this suspension was punishment because of its civil lawsuit he filed against the company, White and Brock Lesnar regarding Lesnar’s failed test at UFC 200. Hunt’s final fight took place in May in UFC Fight Night 110, where he conquered Derrick Lewis via TKO in a slugfest”Fight of the evening .” After suffering a TKO loss to top contender Francis Ngannou in his promotional debut, Blaydes, a 26-year-old former collegiate wrestler, has since won four successive fights. Three of those wins — over Cody East, Adam Milstead and Oleksiy Oliynyk — arrived via knockout. Blaydes has finished seven of the eight career wins by knockout or technical knockout.
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