The UFC heads to Australia for the very first time this year once it sets up shop in Perth for UFC 221. Although the card is far from the sexiest you’ll see, there are still plenty of persuasive bouts to keep diehard fans intrigued.
The main event features Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold facing off. This bout was for the interim middleweight crown but following Romero failed to make weight, the title will only be online for Rockhold. The rest of the card is stuffed with plenty of hometown ability that’ll look to get the crowd in Perth excited for their first event ever.
Yoel Romero vs Luke Rockhold
Romero (+120) is an athletic freak. Regardless of being 40 years old,”The Soldier of God” has more speed, ability and athleticism than fighters half his age. This is Romero’s whole game’s foundation. At the striking stage, the Cuban just begs and begs for his moment to burst to strikes. It works exactly the exact same because of his wrestling. Romero is a Olympic wrestler and depends upon that skill set over any other but he still prefers to property takedowns with explosiveness instead of grinding it out.
But, Romero has a gas tank. He is individual in the Octagon since he burns off his cardio extremely quickly. You are able to see him clearly breathing after a significant explosion of motion. That’s exactly why his whole game is built around controlled proportions of energy resulting in controlling his competitor.
Not to be outdone, Rockhold (-150) is much more athletically gifted than 95 percent of those fighters in the UFC. The former champion is fast and powerful but uses his natural size benefit better than most in the division, whether that is working from range supporting his left hook and body kick or controlling the leverage battle from the clinch. Offensively wrestling isn’t something Rockhold concentrates on — unless functioning out of the clinch — he is just one of the craftier submission fighters in the division.
There are not many holes in the game of Rockhold. The only minor flaw that sticks out is his tendency to rely on specific strikes on the toes. He can rely too much on his left hook and body kick, telegraphing and giving up a chance 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’s demonstrated that — but Rockhold’s clinch work will wear Romero down.
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