UFC 221 Betting Tips: Yoel Romero v Luke Rockhold Preview

Updated Thursday 21st February 2019, 02:12 PM

The middleweight bout between Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold will headline UFC 221 on Sunday night, as fans from around the world turn their gaze towards Australia. But who are the bookies backing to come out on top in Australia?


  • Yoel Romero has 12 wins from 14 career fights in MMA, but lost his most recent fight in July of last year when he was defeated by Robert Whittaker via unanimous decision in a championship bout.
  • Luke Rockhold has a win-loss record of 16-3 in his MMA career, but has only fought once in the past 18 months. He got the better of David Branch on that occasion, finishing the fight in the second round.

Sports.net’s View

It may not be the middleweight clash that many fans had initially been hoping for, with Georges St-Pierre and Robert Whittaker both pulling out of the main event within the past couple of months, but there is still plenty of intrigue over what could happen in the Octagon between Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold.

Both men have similar records but the bookies give the slight edge to Rockhold. At 33, he is seven years younger than his opponent and is a gifted all-round fighter who had been on a scintillating run prior to losing his belt to Michael Bisping in June 2016. However, his forte has been submissions and Romero’s wrestling background - he was a silver medallist in freestyle wrestling at the 2000 Olympics - make the Cuban a very tricky proposition. Romero is now 40, though, and 10 of his 12 career wins have come via knockout, so he could run out of energy in the latter stages. It should be a close fight and it is likely to come down to just a couple of key moments, but Rockhold looks a good bet to nick a victory and set up a title unification bout with Whittaker later in the year.

Sports.net's Top Tip

Type Odds Bet Now
Luke Rockhold to win
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*Please note odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 February 2019 02:12:43+00:00
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