UFC 225 might be the best MMA event we’ve seen in quite some time — assuming injuries or weight-cutting issues do not rear their ugly heads. The card features a huge middleweight bout, as Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero rematch after their highly competitive bout this past year while Rafael dos Anjos appears to accomplish history against Colby Covington.
With an incredibly deep card stuffed with former title challengers in the top to base, making bets could be difficult. Do not 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 to the branch. He will continuously throw jabs and kicks to keep the proper distance until he can burst inside with his speed and unleash powerful mixes. Whittaker is among the best defensive grapplers from the sport, with a takedown defense over 86 percent. He generally defends takedowns due to his movement and distance management but you saw in the initial fight with Romero his unwillingness to give up a takedown without maximum effort from his opponent.
There are no clear holes in Whittaker’s game. He is hittable due to his desire to push the pace but he is not bad defensively. He’s not an ace concerning offensive wrestling however he could compete if he receives top control.
Romero (+200) is an athletic marvel. Despite being 41 years old, he’s got the speed and athleticism that many fighters can only dream of. He has parlayed this well in the game that is magnificent, as he floats around until he can explode forward in a flurry of bombs. He can be somewhat tentative in the striking game, but this means 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 efforts that make it extremely difficult for his opponent to stop him. If Romero gets on top and starts working ground and pound, most competitions are complete.
Romero gasses. There are no 2 ways about it; his entire style is built around controlled bursts of energy to speed his cardio out as far as you can. We saw from the initial Whittaker battle, he gassed himself by constantly trying the takedown — but he did control himself better in his latest bout versus Luke Rockhold.
Romero has started to address some of his issues with his cardio, making him more dangerous. However, Whittaker fought the very first battle on a badly broken leg and was able to use aggression in the game and excellent takedown defense to win. A Whittaker should look much better.
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