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

The Bloody Elbow staff has made its picks for UFC 225, and I am not sure I should really be calling this”UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2.” For now, Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero has not been cancelled after Romero’s weight reduction, but we know it’s not to get a title fight. Theoretically this likely needs to be Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington as the primary event, irrespective of the standing of Whittaker vs. Romero.
Anyway, everyone is going with Robert Whittaker more than Yoel Romero for Saturday night. In terms of the co-main occasion, only Phil Mackenzie is going with Colby Covington to conquer Rafael dos Anjos and become the interim welterweight champion.
Can Romero beat the gasoline tank of Whittaker? Can Covington haul down RDA?
UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 employees predictions and picks 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 writers opt not to do this for their own reasons. By way of example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any explanationshe has no idea if he is going 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 likely to be the person who has made the most improvements since their first bout. I would’ve picked Whittaker before Romero looking like passing on the scale, and I expect a one-sided affair this time. Robert Whittaker by TKO.
Mookie Alexander: Properly Romero shed weight. This is now a non-title bout, and it has three rounds (I am presuming ). Anyway, these were my ideas before the weight miss, and nothing changes here. My pick hinges almost entirely on Whittaker not appearing depleted after all the health issues that plagued him earlier in the year. His takedown defense is phenomenal, and even when Romero caught him down, he couldn’t hold him there… which was even with Whittaker’s knee getting jacked by Romero from the opening round! I really don’t feel that changes in the rematch, and he fights at a pace and instances his strikes much better compared to Yoel does. Their very first bout is still the only time Romero was outlanded in a UFC battle. I’m expecting Romero to fight this one strategically because he did vs. Luke Rockhold. However, Rockhold is a fairly simple and comparatively wooden striker, whereas Whittaker cuts throws and angles in punishing combinations. I know there is the third-round Romero fear, but don’t rule out Whittaker planting Romero using a head kick. The pick is Robert Whittaker by decision, although I am hoping we get another thriller.

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