UFC 225 could be the best MMA event we’ve seen in quite a while — assuming injuries or weight-cutting problems don’t rear their ugly heads. The card features a huge middleweight bout, as Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero rematch following their highly competitive bout last year while Rafael dos Anjos appears to accomplish history against Colby Covington.
With a remarkably deep card filled with former title challengers from top to base, making bets could be hard. Don’t worry, I am here to provide you with all the predictions and betting odds for UFC 225 on June 9.
2018 Prediction Record To Date
Straight Up Selecting Notifications Picking Underdogs
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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 division. He’ll always throw jabs and kicks to maintain the appropriate distance until he can explode inside with his pace and unleash powerful combinations. Whittaker is among the most effective defensive grapplers from the sport, with a takedown defense over 86 percent. He generally defends takedowns owing to his movement and distance control but you saw from the first battle with Romero his unwillingness to give up a takedown without maximum effort out of his competitor.
There aren’t any clear holes in Whittaker’s game. He is hittable as a result of his desire to push the speed but he’s not bad defensively. He is not an ace in terms of offensive wrestling but he can compete if he receives top control.
Romero (+200) is an athletic marvel. Regardless of being 41 years old, he’s got the speed and athleticism that many fighters can only dream of. He has parlayed this nicely in the game that is magnificent, as he floats around till he can explode forward in a flurry of bombs. He can be somewhat tentative in the striking match, 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 own striking, Romero explodes into takedown efforts which make it extremely difficult for his rival to prevent him. If Romero gets on top and begins working ground and pound, then most competitions are done.
Romero gasses. There are no 2 ways about ithis whole style is built around controlled bursts of energy to speed out his cardio as much as you can. We saw from the first Whittaker battle, he gassed himself by constantly attempting the takedown — he did control himself much better in his most recent bout versus Luke Rockhold.
Romero has begun to deal with some of his issues with his cardio, which makes him more dangerous. However, Whittaker fought the very first fight on a badly damaged leg and was able to use aggression from the striking game and superb takedown defense to win. A Whittaker should only look much better.
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