The UFC heads to Australia for the first time this season once it sets up shop in Perth for UFC 221. Although the card is far from the sexiest you will notice, there are still lots of compelling bouts to stay diehard fans intrigued.
The main event features Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold facing away. This bout was for the interim middleweight crown but following Romero failed to make weight, the name is only going to be on the line for Rockhold. The remaining portion of the card is stuffed with loads of hometown ability that’ll look to find the crowd in Perth eager for their first event .
Yoel Romero vs Luke Rockhold
Romero (+120) is an athletic freak. Despite being 40 years old,”The Soldier of God” has more speed, ability and athleticism than fighters half his age. This is Romero’s entire game’s foundation. At the striking phase, the Cuban only floats and waits for his moment to burst to strikes. It works exactly the exact same because of his wrestling. Romero is a Olympic wrestler and relies on that skill set more than any other but that he still prefers to land takedowns with explosiveness rather than grinding it out.
Romero has a gas tank that is small. He is individual in the Octagon because he burns off his cardio extremely quickly. You are able to see him visibly breathing after a big explosion of motion. That’s exactly why his whole game is built around controlled bursts of energy leading to controlling his opponent.
Not to be outdone, Rockhold (-150) is more athletically gifted than 95% of the fighters in the UFC. The former champion is powerful and fast but uses his normal size advantage better than most in the division, whether that is working from range behind his left body and hook kick or controlling the leverage battle in the clinch. Offensively wrestling is not something Rockhold focuses on — unless working from the clinch — he is just one of the craftier entry fighters in the division.
There are holes in the game of Rockhold. The only minor flaw that sticks out is that his inclination to rely on specific strikes on the toes. He can rely a lot on his left hook and body kick, telegraphing and giving up a opportunity to become countered.
Romero is as dangerous as they come but his cardio is not really there to compete with Rockhold. “The Soldier of God” can always land a KO shot — he has proven that — but Rockhold’s clinch function will wear Romero down.
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