UFC 225 might be the ideal MMA event we have seen in quite a while — assuming injuries or weight-cutting issues don’t rear their ugly heads. The card includes a massive middleweight bout, as Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero rematch following their highly aggressive bout this past year while Rafael dos Anjos looks to accomplish history against Colby Covington.
With a remarkably profound card filled with former name challengers from top to base, making stakes could be hard. Don’t worry, I am here to give you all of the predictions and betting odds for UFC 225 on June 9.
2018 Prediction Record To Date
Straight Up Selecting Notifications Picking Underdogs
24-16 21-13 4-3
Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero
Whittaker (-260) is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the world. “The Reaper” prefers to strike and can gauge distance well despite being relatively short in stature to the branch. He’ll continuously throw jabs and kicks to maintain the appropriate space until he can burst inside with his speed and unleash powerful combinations. Whittaker is among the best defensive grapplers from the sport, with a takedown defense over 86 percent. He typically defends takedowns owing to his movement and distance control but you saw in the initial battle with Romero his unwillingness to give up a takedown without greatest effort out of his opponent.
There are no clear holes in the game of Whittaker. He is hittable as a result of his desire to push the pace but he’s not bad defensively. He is not an ace in terms of offensive wrestling but he could compete if he gets top control.
Romero (+200) is an athletic marvel. Despite being 41 years old, he has the speed and athleticism that most fighters can only dream about. He has parlayed this well in the striking game, as he floats around till he can burst forward in a flurry of bombs. He could be somewhat tentative in the striking game, but this implies he could pace his or her cardio. “The Soldier of God” is also an Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling. Much like his striking, Romero explodes into takedown attempts which make it extremely hard for his opponent to stop him. If Romero gets on top and begins working ground and pound, then most opponents are done.
Romero gasses. There are no two ways about it; his whole style is built around controlled bursts of energy to speed out his cardio as much as you can. We saw in the initial Whittaker fight, ” he gassed himself by always attempting the takedown — he did restrain himself much better in his most recent bout versus Luke Rockhold.
Romero has started to address some of his problems with his cardio, making him dangerous. However, Whittaker fought the first fight on a badly broken leg and was able to use aggression from the striking game and superb takedown defense to win. A fully healthy Whittaker should look.
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