The UFC heads to Australia for the very first time this season when it sets up shop in Perth for UFC 221. Although the card is far from the sexiest you will see, there are still plenty of persuasive bouts to keep diehard fans intrigued.
The main event features Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold facing away. This bout was for the interim middleweight crown but after Romero failed to make weight, the name is only going to be on the line for Rockhold. The rest of the card is filled with loads of hometown ability that will look to find the audience in Perth excited for their first event .
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 the base of the entire game of Romero. At the striking stage, the Cuban only floats and waits for his moment to burst to strikes. It functions the same because of his wrestling. Romero is an Olympic wrestler and relies on that skill set more than any other but he still prefers to property takedowns with explosiveness rather than grinding it out.
Romero has a small gas tank. He’s individual in the Octagon because he burns off his cardio extremely quickly. You are able to see him clearly breathing after a big explosion of movement. That’s 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% of those fighters in the UFC. The former winner is fast and powerful but uses his natural size benefit better than many in the branch, whether that’s working from range behind his left body and hook kick or dominating the leverage battle from the clinch. Offensively wrestling is not something Rockhold concentrates on — unless functioning from the clinch — but he is just one of the craftier submission fighters in the division.
There are very few holes in the game of Rockhold. The only minor flaw that sticks out is his tendency to rely on specific strikes on the feet. He can rely too much on his left body and hook kick, telegraphing and giving a opportunity to get countered.
Romero is as harmful as they come but his cardio is simply not 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 put on Romero down.
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