UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 staff picks and predictions for PPV main card

The Bloody Elbow team has made its picks for UFC 225, and I am not 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 miss, but we know that it’s not to get a title fight. Theoretically this probably should be Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington as 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. As for the co-main event, only Phil Mackenzie is going with Colby Covington to conquer Rafael dos Anjos and eventually become the interim welterweight champion.
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UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 staff picks and predictions for the preliminary card
Notice: Predictions are entered throughout the week and gathered the day prior to the event. Explanations behind each choice are not required and a few writers opt to not do so for their own reasons. For example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any excuses , he has no idea if he’s 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 harmful, but Whittaker is likely to function as person who has made the most improvements because their first 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 late TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Well Romero. This is now a non-title bout, and it has three rounds (I’m assuming). Anyhow, these were my thoughts before the weight miss, and nothing changes . My selection hinges almost entirely on Whittaker not appearing depleted after each the health issues 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 round! I 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 remains the only real time Romero was outlanded at a UFC battle. I’m expecting Romero to fight this one strategically as he did Luke Rockhold. However, Rockhold is a fairly simple and comparatively wooden striker, whereas Whittaker cuts throws and angles in punishing combinations. I understand there is the third-round Romero fear, but do not rule out Whittaker planting Romero with a head kick. The selection is Robert Whittaker by conclusion, although I am hoping we get another thriller.

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