UFC 225 could be the ideal MMA occasion we have seen in quite a while — assuming injuries or weight-cutting problems do not rear their ugly heads. The card includes a huge middleweight bout, as Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero rematch following their highly competitive bout this past year while Rafael dos Anjos looks to accomplish history against Colby Covington.
With a remarkably deep card filled with former name challengers in the top to bottom, making bets could be difficult. Don’t worry, I’m here to provide you with all the forecasts and betting odds for UFC 225 on June 9.
2018 Prediction Record To Date
Straight Up Picking Favorites Picking Underdogs
24-16 21-13 4-3
Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero
Whittaker (-260) is one of the most well-rounded fighters on earth. «The Reaper» prefers to strike and can judge distance nicely despite being relatively short in stature for the division. He’ll always throw jabs and kicks to keep the proper distance until he can explode inside with his pace and unleash powerful mixes. Whittaker is among the most effective defensive grapplers in the sport, using a takedown defense over 86 percent. He typically defends takedowns owing to his motion and space control but you saw from the initial fight with Romero his unwillingness to give up a takedown without greatest effort out of his opponent.
There aren’t any definite holes in Whittaker’s game. He is hittable as a result of his desire to push the pace but he is not bad defensively. He is not an ace in terms of offensive wrestling however he can compete if he receives top control.
Romero (+200) is an athletic marvel. Regardless of being 41 years old, he’s got the speed and athleticism that many fighters may only dream of. He’s parlayed this well in the striking game, as he floats around till he can burst forward in a flurry of bombs. He could be a little tentative in the striking match, but this implies he could pace his cardio. «The Soldier of God» is also an Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling. Much like his own striking, Romero explodes into takedown attempts that make it extremely difficult for his opponent to stop him. In case Romero gets on top and starts working ground and pound, then most competitions are done.
Romero gasses. There are no 2 ways about ithis entire style is built around controlled bursts of power to speed out his cardio as much as possible. We saw in the initial Whittaker fight, » he gassed himself by always trying the takedown — he did control himself much better in his most recent bout vs Luke Rockhold.
Romero has begun to deal with some of his issues with his cardio, making him dangerous. But Whittaker fought the very first battle on a badly broken leg and was still able to use aggression in the striking game and excellent takedown defense to win. A Whittaker should just look much better.
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