Just one important UFC card in February and it’s Saturday night from Perth Arena at Australia (struggle is Sunday Down Under) as Luke Rockhold requires on fill-in challenger Yoel Romero for its interim middleweight belt. It is the only title fight on the card. Per usual, the main 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 main struggles. The UFC made its introduction in Australia with UFC 110 in February 2010. The company’s first card in Western Australia, will be its 12th in the nation. Let us take a look the top UFC 221 betting odds for this Saturday.
UFC 221 Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions UFC 221 Betting Odds: Rockhold (+135) / Romero (-160) The Cuban Romero is your No. 1 competitor at the middleweight division along with also the American Rockhold the No. 2. Rockhold is -140 in Mybookie.ag with Romero in +120 and also an over/under of 1.5 rounds. So who is the champion? Australian Robert Whittaker, but he had been made to pull out against Rockhold due to injury — the main reason why the card is in Australia was because of Whittaker. “I’ve gone into many fights hurt,” Whittaker said this week. “I went to the Yoel Romero fight with a torn MCL, I went to multiple fights with broken hands, and that’s never deterred me. And during my prep and also my camp, I did my hamstring — I’d blow off my hamstring out — but I was willing to work around it. So we worked around it, threw it on the wall, no volatile sort of stuff, and then I got an abscess disease. That totally knocked me out of the park.” While he was formerly able to train around his hamstring injury, the infection ended up departing”The Reaper” bedridden for many weeks, and Whittaker considers the weakening of his immune system may have resulted in his ensuing battle with chickenpox too. Chickenpox in adults can be very serious, even fatal.
When Was the Last Time Robert Whittaker Fought?
Whittaker continue fought in July, beating Romero by unanimous decision. He hasn’t faced 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 due time due to his health issues. Whittaker then won the interim belt Romero. A former UFC champion, Rockhold is coming off a TKO win over David Branch in September. Rockhold lost his title to Bisping at UFC 199 in June 2016. In terms of striking differential (the difference between significant strikes acquired per second and significant strikes consumed per minute) 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. But during his UFC career, Romero has scored six knockdowns in a speed of 0.78 knockdown a 15 minutes. Rockhold just 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 ranked No. 5 in the division and Blaydes No. 9. However, Blaydes is a -160 favorite and Hunt +135. Hunt was recently cleared to return to competition. Citing”medical concerns,” Hunt was hauled out of November’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner in Sydney, a conclusion had been 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’s fine.” Hunt, already with one litigation against the UFC, threatened another in the aftermath of the advertising’s decision to pull him from UFC Sydney. He called UFC President Dana White that a”bald-headed prick” at a scathing Instagram post. Hunt claimed this suspension was punishment for its civil lawsuit he filed against the business, White and Brock Lesnar regarding Lesnar’s failed evaluation at UFC 200. Hunt’s last fight occurred in May in UFC Fight Night 110, where he defeated Derrick Lewis via TKO in a slugfest”Fight of the evening ” After suffering a TKO loss to high contender Francis Ngannou within his promotional debut, Blaydes, a 26-year-old former collegiate wrestler, has since won four consecutive fights. Three of the wins — over Cody East, Adam Milstead and Oleksiy Oliynyk — came via knockout. Blaydes has finished seven of the eight career wins by knockout or technical knockout.