The Bloody Elbow team has made its own selections for UFC 225, and I’m not even sure I should be calling this»UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2.» For now, Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero hasn’t yet been cancelled following Romero’s weight reduction, but we know it’s not for a title fight. Theoretically this likely needs to be Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington as the main event, regardless of the standing of Whittaker vs. Romero.
Anyway, everyone is going with Robert Whittaker over Yoel Romero for Saturday night. In terms of the co-main event, only Phil Mackenzie is going with Colby Covington to beat Rafael dos Anjos and eventually become the interim welterweight champion.
Can Romero conquer Whittaker’s gasoline tank? Can Covington haul down RDA?
UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 employees predictions and picks for your preliminary card
Notice: Predictions gathered prior to the event and are entered during the week. Explanations behind every pick are not required and some authors elect not to do so for their own reasons. For example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any excuses he has no idea if he is going to be the only one siding with one fighter for any given fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero
Anton Tabuena: Romero will remain dangerous, but Whittaker is most likely to function as one who has made the most improvements because their first bout. I would’ve picked Whittaker before Romero appearing like death on the scale, and now I anticipate a one-sided affair this time. Robert Whittaker by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Well Romero. This is now a non-title bout, and it has three rounds (I am presuming ). Anyhow, these were my thoughts before the weight miss, and nothing changes here. My pick hinges almost entirely on Whittaker not appearing depleted after all of the health problems that plagued him earlier in the year. His takedown defense is incredible, and even when Romero caught him down, he could not hold him there… and that was with Whittaker’s knee getting jacked by Romero in the opening around! I really don’t feel that changes in the rematch, and he struggles at a speed and instances his strikes much better compared to Yoel does. Their first bout is still 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. However, Rockhold is a fairly simple and relatively wooden striker, whereas Whittaker cuts angles and throws in penalizing combinations. I understand there’s the third-round Romero fear, but don’t rule out Whittaker planting Romero with a head kick. The pick is Robert Whittaker by unanimous decision, although I’m hoping we get another thriller.
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