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It’s impossible to count Romero out when he’s one of the biggest flash knockout threats in MMA…but Rockhold is the pick here.
He’s the better all-around fighter by a considerable margin, and if he can avoid getting his head exploded for long enough, he’ll take control late and either handily take the decision or score a stoppage in the championship rounds.
Rockhold, submission, Rd. 4
This is the chewing gum and duct tape holding this card together. In any other context, people would be thrilled to see these lads throw down, and it’s likely to be entertaining.
Romero was in camp for a fight anyway when he agreed to replace Whittaker, so he’ll come correct. Rockhold has been starving for a chance to redeem himself against someone elite since he was stopped by Michael Bisping at UFC 199.
I’ve got Rockhold surviving an early burst from Romero and taking over late on his way to a pack of 48-47s across the board.
Rockhold, unanimous decision
These are two extremely skilled fighters. A lot of this fight could play out in the clinch or on the ground, though.
It will be high level, but unexciting to the untrained
Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2758578-ufc-221-bleacher-report-main-card-staff-predictions
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