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

The Bloody Elbow team has made its selections for UFC 225, and I’m not sure I should 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 for a title fight. Theoretically this probably needs to be Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington because the main event, irrespective 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 beat Rafael dos Anjos and eventually become the interim welterweight champion.
Can Romero conquer Whittaker’s gas tank? Can Covington haul down RDA?
UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 staff picks and predictions for the card
Notice: Predictions are entered throughout the week and collected the day prior to the event. Explanations behind each choice are not required and a few authors opt not to do this for their own reasons. For instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any explanationshe has no idea if he is likely to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any given 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 because their initial bout. I would’ve chosen Whittaker even before Romero looking like passing on the scale, and I expect a one-sided affair this time. Robert Whittaker by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Well Romero. This is presently a non-title bout, and it’s three rounds (I am assuming). Anyhow, these were my thoughts before the weight miss, and nothing changes . My pick hinges almost entirely on Whittaker not looking depleted after each the health issues 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 even with Whittaker’s knee getting jacked by Romero from the opening around! I don’t feel that changes in the rematch, and he fights at a speed and times his strikes much better than Yoel does. Their very first bout is still the only real time Romero was outlanded at a UFC battle. I’m anticipating Romero to combat this one strategically as he did vs. Luke Rockhold. But, Rockhold is a somewhat basic and relatively wooden striker, whereas Whittaker cuts angles and throws in punishing combinations. I know there is the third-round Romero fear, but don’t rule out Whittaker planting Romero using a head kick. I am hoping we get another thriller, but the pick is still Robert Whittaker by unanimous decision.

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