The Bloody Elbow team has made its picks for UFC 225, and I’m not sure I should really be calling this”UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2.” For the time being, Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero hasn’t been cancelled following Romero’s weight reduction, but we know that it’s not to get a title fight. Theoretically this likely needs to be Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington because the primary event, irrespective 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, just Phil Mackenzie is going with Colby Covington to beat Rafael dos Anjos and eventually become the interim welterweight champion.
Can Romero beat at Whittaker’s gasoline tank? Can Covington drag down RDA?
UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 staff predictions and picks for your card
Note: Predictions are entered during the week and collected the day prior to the event. Explanations behind every choice aren’t required and a few authors opt not to do so for their own motives. For example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any explanationshe has no idea if he is going to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any specific fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero
Anton Tabuena: Romero will remain harmful, but Whittaker is most likely to be the one who has made the most improvements since their initial bout. I would’ve chosen Whittaker even before Romero looking like passing on the scale, and I expect a more one-sided affair this time. Robert Whittaker by late TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Well Romero missed weight. This is now a non-title bout, and it has three rounds (I am assuming). Anyway, these were my ideas before the weight miss, and nothing changes . My pick hinges almost entirely on Whittaker not appearing depleted after each the health problems that plagued him earlier in the year. His takedown defense is phenomenal, and even when Romero caught him down, he could not hold him there… which was with Whittaker’s knee getting jacked by Romero in the opening around! I really don’t think that changes in the rematch, and he fights at a pace and times his strikes much better than Yoel does. Their first bout is still the only real time Romero was outlanded in a UFC fight. I’m expecting Romero to combat this one strategically because he did vs. Luke Rockhold. But, Rockhold is a somewhat simple and comparatively wooden striker, whereas Whittaker cuts throws and angles in penalizing combinations. I know there’s the third-round Romero fear, but do not rule out Whittaker planting Romero using a head kick. I’m hoping we get another thriller, but the selection is Robert Whittaker by decision.
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