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UFC 221: Rockhold vs. Romero (Preview & Predictions)

Johny Payne
Top 5 / Top 10
10 Feb 2018, 19:53 IST

Yoel Romero (Left) does battle with Luke Rockhold (Right) at UFC 221
Yoel Romero (Left) does battle with Luke Rockhold (Right) at UFC 221

UFC 221 is here and following the chaotic proceedings at the weigh-ins, the main-event matchup is still intact.

Nevertheless, one ought to note that as Yoel Romero missed weight by 2.7 pounds, he’s ineligible to win the Interim UFC Middleweight Championship even if he were to defeat Luke Rockhold. However, if the latter wins the fight, he shall be crowned as the new Interim Champ.

Additionally, UFC 221 boasts several other intriguing matchups as well. So, without further ado, here are the predictions & preview for UFC 221—

*Indian fans can watch UFC 221 at 8:30 am on Sunday, February 11th Live & Exclusive on SONY ESPN & SONY ESPN HD*

#Main Card (PPV)

#1 Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero

Romero missed weight on both attempts and now faces a bitter-sweet task at hand, which is to fight and try his level best to beat Luke Rockhold, however without the eligibility to take home Interim UFC gold.

On the other hand, Rockhold faces a conundrum of his own, as he’s up against an opponent who may have a slight weight advantage on him come fight-night. Regardless, this is still a fantastic matchup and would be a grappler/grappling fans’ dream matchup come to fruition.

Well, that’s provided this fight goes to the ground since both fighters carry tremendous KO power on the feet; Rockhold with his kicks and Romero with his punches, kicks, knees and elbows.

This fight plays out even-steven in both the striking and grappling departments, and fans can expect Romero’s chances to be high in the first 2 rounds of the bout. While Romero has indeed proven that he carries his finishing power late in fights, Rockhold is savvy and conditioned enough so as to run away with this fight, if he weathers the early storm. Barring a flash KO by Romero early, Rockhold likely out-points the former en route to a decision victory.

Result: Luke Rockhold def. Yoel Romero via Decision 

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