The Bloody Elbow staff has made its selections for UFC 225, and I’m not even sure I should be calling this»UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2.» For the time being, Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero hasn’t been cancelled after Romero’s weight miss, but we know it’s not for a title fight. Theoretically this probably should be Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington because the primary event, irrespective of the standing of Whittaker vs. Romero.
Anyhow, everyone is going with Robert Whittaker more than Yoel Romero for Saturday night. In terms of the co-main occasion, only Phil Mackenzie is going with Colby Covington to conquer Rafael dos Anjos and become the interim welterweight champion.
Can Romero conquer Whittaker’s gas tank? Can Covington haul RDA down?
UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 staff picks and predictions for your card
Notice: Predictions collected the day before the event and are entered during the week. Explanations behind each choice aren’t required and a few authors elect not to do this for their own reasons. For instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any explanations, he has no idea if he’s going to be the only one siding with one fighter for any given fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero
Anton Tabuena: Romero will always be dangerous, but Whittaker is likely to be the one who has made the most improvements because their first bout. I would’ve chosen Whittaker even before Romero looking like passing on the scale, and now I anticipate a more one-sided affair this time. Robert Whittaker by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Well Romero. This is presently a non-title bout, and it has three rounds (I’m presuming ). Anyhow, these were my ideas before the weight miss, and nothing changes here. My selection hinges almost entirely on Whittaker not looking depleted after all the health issues that plagued him earlier in the year. His takedown defense is phenomenal, and even when Romero got him down, he could not hold him there… and that was with Whittaker’s knee getting jacked by Romero in the opening round! I really don’t think that changes in the rematch, and he struggles at a pace and times his strikes much better compared to Yoel does. Their first bout remains the only real time Romero has been outlanded at a UFC fight. I am expecting Romero to fight this one strategically as he did Luke Rockhold. But, Rockhold is a somewhat simple and relatively wooden striker, whereas Whittaker cuts throws and angles in punishing combinations. I know there is the third-round Romero fear, but don’t rule out Whittaker planting Romero using a head kick. The pick is Robert Whittaker by decision, although I’m hoping we get yet another thriller.
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