The Bloody Elbow team has made its picks for UFC 225, and I'm not even 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 after Romero's weight miss, but we know that it's not for a title fight. Theoretically this probably should be Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington because the primary event, regardless of the status of Whittaker vs. Romero.
Anyway, everyone is going with Robert Whittaker over Yoel Romero for Saturday night. As for 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 at the gasoline tank of Whittaker? Can Covington haul down RDA?
UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 employees predictions and picks for the card
Note: Predictions are entered throughout the week and collected prior to the event. Explanations behind every choice are not required and a few authors elect not to do this for their own motives. For instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any excuses , he has no idea if he is going to be the only one siding with one fighter for any given fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero
Anton Tabuena: Romero will remain harmful, but Whittaker is likely to be the one who has made the most improvements because their first bout. I would've picked Whittaker before Romero looking like death on the scale, and I anticipate 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 each the health problems 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... and that was with Whittaker's knee getting jacked by Romero in the opening around! I really don't think 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 time Romero was outlanded in a UFC fight. I'm anticipating Romero to combat this one strategically because he did Luke Rockhold. However, Rockhold is a fairly simple and comparatively wooden striker, whereas Whittaker cuts throws and angles in penalizing combinations. I know there is the third-round Romero fear, but do not rule out Whittaker planting Romero with a head kick. The pick remains Robert Whittaker by decision, although I am hoping we get yet another thriller.