Only one important UFC card in February and it is Saturday night from Perth Arena in Australia (fight is Sunday Down Under) since Luke Rockhold requires on fill-in challenger Yoel Romero for its interim middleweight belt. It is the only name 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 peek at the main fights. The UFC made its debut in Australia with UFC 110 in February 2010. The organization’s very first card in Western Australia, will be its 12th in the nation. Let’s have a look the very best UFC 221 betting odds for this particular 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 the American Rockhold that the No. 2. Rockhold is -140 at Mybookie.ag with Romero in +120 and also an over/under of 1.5 rounds. So who’s the winner? Australian Robert Whittaker, but he was forced to pull against Rockhold due to injury — the main reason the card is in Australia was because of Whittaker. “I’ve gone into many fights hurt,” Whittaker said this week. “I moved into the Yoel Romero fight with a torn MCL, I went into multiple conflicts with broken hands, and that’s never deterred me. And during my homework and also my camp, I did my hamstring — I’d blow off my hamstring outside — but that I was ready to work around it. We just worked around it, threw it on the wall, no explosive sort of stuff, and then I got an abscess infection. That absolutely knocked me from the park.” While he was previously able to train his hamstring injury, the infection ended up departing”The Reaper” bedridden for many weeks, and Whittaker believes the weakening of his immune system might have resulted in his consequent battle with chickenpox as well. Chickenpox in adults can be very severe, even fatal.
When Was the Last Time Robert Whittaker Fought?
Whittaker continue fought in July, beating Romero by unanimous decision. He has not faced Rockhold. Georges St-Pierre won the middleweight title last year over Michael Bisping in UFC 217 but vacated it because he could not defend it in because time owing to his health concerns. Whittaker then won the interim belt vs. Romero. A former UFC winner, Rockhold is coming from a TKO win over David Branch in September. Rockhold lost his title to Bisping in UFC 199 in June 2016. In terms of striking differential (the difference between significant strikes landed per second and important strikes consumed per second ) Rockhold includes a significant 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 rate of 0.78 knockdown per 15 minutes. Rockhold only includes two knockdowns via eight-career UFC fights. Additionally, he has been on the receiving end of 3 knockdowns.
Mark Hunt (13-11) vs. Curtis Blaydes (8-1)
UFC 221 Betting Odds: Hunt (+135) / Blaydes (-160) It’s a heavyweight bout with New Zealand’s Hunt ranked No. 5 in the division and Blaydes No. 9. But, Blaydes is a -160 favorite and Hunt +135. Hunt was cleared to return to competition. Citing”medical issues,” Hunt was hauled from November’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner in Sydney, a conclusion had been made after Hunt confessed to memory loss and slurred speech at a piece he composed for PlayersVoice.com.au titled,”When I perish fighting, that is fine.” Hunt, already with a single lawsuit against the UFC, threatened another in the aftermath of the promotion’s choice to pull him out of UFC Sydney. He called UFC President Dana White a”bald-headed prick” at a scathing Instagram post. Hunt claimed this suspension was punishment for its civil lawsuit he filed against the company, White and Brock Lesnar regarding Lesnar’s failed evaluation at UFC 200. Hunt’s final fight occurred in May at UFC Fight Night 110, where he conquered Derrick Lewis via TKO in a slugfest”Fight of the Night.” After enduring a TKO loss to high contender Francis Ngannou in his promotional introduction, Blaydes, a 26-year-old former collegiate wrestler, has won four consecutive fights. Three of those wins — over Cody East, Adam Milstead and Oleksiy Oliynyk — arrived through knockout. Blaydes has finished seven of his eight career wins by knockout or technical knockout.
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