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UFC 221 Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold Fight Pick & Preview

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The UFC has had all kinds of issues with injuries, but, luckily they also have a wealth of talented MMA fighters.  UFC 221 has flown under the radar but make no mistake about it, Yoel Romero vs Luke Rockhold as the main event should be exciting.  Both of these fighters have had exciting fight finishes and are headliner material.  In 2017 I went 10-2 in main event fight picks. Let's take a closer look at these fighters and then I'll make my official fight pick for UFC 221 and hopefully put up a similar record in 2018.  

Luke Rockhold is coming into UFC 221 with an overall MMA record of 16-3. Rockhold is 6-1 in his last 7 with that only smudge coming to Michael Bisping. Rockhold can finish fights, of his 16 wins, 6 have come via KO/TKO and 8 via submission.  

Yoel Romero is coming into UFC 221 with an overall MMA record of 12-2.  He's coming off a decision loss to Robert Whittaker, but was on an 8 fight winning streak before that with the only other loss coming way back in 2011. Romero is also a fight finisher sporting 10 KO/TKO's on his resume.  

Both these fighters are explosive, with Romero being the most explosive and dangerous always being one chingaso away from finishing a fight.  But, Romero has had problems with conditioning.  Rockhold's conditioning is still a question.  Many of his fights haven't gone past the second round.  

Look for this fight to start slow.  Both fighters will cautiously look for an opening to gain an advantage. Rockhold will use his kicks, Romero will look to set up one of his punches and or knees.  

As the fight progresses, Romero always seems to find an opening.  Look for the same in this fight.  One of those powerful, KO/TKO power heavy chingasos will land and Rockhold will not be able to use his wrestling to survive as Romero is the most skilled wrestler between the two.  

How do you think UFC 221: Yoel Romero vs Luke Rockhold plays out?