The Bloody Elbow team has made its selections for UFC 225, and I am not even sure I should be calling this”UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2.” For now, Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero has not yet been cancelled following Romero’s weight miss, but we know that it’s not to get a title fight. Theoretically this probably should be Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington because the main 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 event, just Phil Mackenzie is going with Colby Covington to beat Rafael dos Anjos and become the interim welterweight champion.
Can Romero conquer at the gas tank of Whittaker? Can Covington haul down RDA?
UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 employees predictions and picks for your preliminary card
Notice: Predictions gathered the day before the event and are entered during the week. Explanations behind each pick are not required and some authors elect not to do this for their own motives. By way of example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any explanationshe has no idea if he is likely to be the only one siding with one fighter for any given fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero
Anton Tabuena: Romero will remain harmful, but Whittaker is most likely to be the person who has made the most improvements because their first bout. I would’ve chosen Whittaker before Romero appearing like passing on the scale, and now I expect a more one-sided affair this time. Robert Whittaker by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Well Romero. This is presently a non-title bout, and it’s three rounds (I am assuming). Anyhow, these were my thoughts before the burden miss, and nothing changes here. My pick hinges almost entirely on Whittaker not looking depleted after all the health problems that plagued him earlier in the year. His takedown defense is incredible, and even when Romero got him down, he could not hold him there… and that was even with Whittaker’s knee getting jacked by Romero in the opening around! I don’t think that changes in the rematch, and he fights at a pace and instances his strikes much better compared to Yoel does. Their very first bout remains the only time Romero was outlanded at a UFC battle. I am expecting Romero to combat this one strategically because he did Luke Rockhold. However, Rockhold is a fairly simple and relatively wooden striker, whereas Whittaker cuts throws and angles in penalizing combinations. I know there’s the third-round Romero fear, but don’t rule out Whittaker planting Romero using a head kick. I am hoping we get another thriller, but the pick is still Robert Whittaker by unanimous decision.
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