UFC 225 could be the ideal MMA occasion we have seen in quite some time — imagining injuries or weight-cutting issues do not rear their ugly heads. The card includes a massive middleweight bout, as Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero rematch after their highly competitive bout last year while Rafael dos Anjos looks to achieve history against Colby Covington.
With a remarkably deep card stuffed with former name challengers from top to base, making stakes could be hard. Don’t worry, I’m here to provide you with all the forecasts and betting odds for UFC 225 on June 9.
2018 Prediction Record To Date
Straight Up Picking Favorites Picking Underdogs
24-16 21-13 4-3
Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero
Whittaker (-260) is among the most well-rounded fighters on earth. “The Reaper” prefers to strike and is able to judge distance nicely despite being relatively short in stature for the branch. He’ll always throw jabs and kicks to keep the appropriate distance until he can explode inside with his pace and unleash powerful combinations. Whittaker is among the best defensive grapplers from the game, with a takedown defense over 86 percent. He typically defends takedowns due to his motion and space control but you saw from the first fight with Romero his unwillingness to give up a takedown without greatest effort out of his opponent.
There aren’t any clear holes in Whittaker’s game. He’s hittable due to his desire to push the pace but he’s not bad defensively. He’s not an ace concerning offensive wrestling however he can compete if he gets top control.
Romero (+200) is an athletic marvel. Despite being 41 years old, he has the speed and athleticism that many fighters may only dream of. He has parlayed this well in the striking game, as he floats around till he could explode forward in a flurry of bombs. He could be somewhat tentative in the striking match, but this means that he can 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 that make it extremely difficult for his opponent to prevent 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 ithis whole style is built around controlled bursts of energy to pace out his cardio as far as possible. We saw in the first Whittaker battle, ” he gassed himself by constantly trying the takedown — but he did restrain himself better in his latest bout vs Luke Rockhold.
Romero has begun to address some of his issues with his cardio, which makes him more dangerous. But Whittaker fought the first fight on a badly broken leg and was still able to use aggression from the game and excellent takedown defense to win. A healthy Whittaker should just look.
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