The Bloody Elbow staff has made its picks for UFC 225, and I am not sure I should be calling this”UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2.” For the time being, Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero has not yet been cancelled after Romero’s weight miss, but we know it’s not for a title fight. Theoretically this likely should be Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington because the primary event, regardless of the status 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, only Phil Mackenzie is going with Colby Covington to conquer Rafael dos Anjos and eventually become the interim welterweight champion.
Can Romero conquer at Whittaker’s gas tank? Can Covington haul RDA down?
UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 employees picks and predictions for the card
Notice: Predictions gathered the day prior to the event and are entered during the week. Explanations behind each pick are not required and some authors elect not to do so for their own motives. For example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any excuses , he has no idea if he is likely to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any specific fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero
Anton Tabuena: Romero will always be dangerous, but Whittaker is most likely to function as person who has made the most improvements because their initial bout. I would’ve chosen Whittaker before Romero looking like death on the scale, and now I expect 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 assuming). Anyway, these were my thoughts before the burden miss, and nothing changes here. My pick hinges almost entirely on Whittaker not looking depleted after each of the health problems that plagued him earlier in the year. His takedown defense is incredible, and even when Romero caught him down, he couldn’t hold him there… and that was with Whittaker’s knee getting jacked by Romero in the opening round! I really don’t feel that changes in the rematch, and he fights at a pace and instances his strikes even better compared to Yoel does. Their very first bout is still the only real time Romero has been outlanded in a UFC fight. I am anticipating Romero to fight this one strategically because he did vs. Luke Rockhold. But, Rockhold is a somewhat basic and relatively wooden striker, whereas Whittaker cuts throws and angles in penalizing combinations. I understand 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 pick is still Robert Whittaker by unanimous conclusion.
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