Yoel Romero is crafting himself quite the storybook of violence, his latest being his best. A third round finish of Lyoto Machida in which Romero was never troubled and only grew stronger as the fight went on. That's the kind of stuff to put fear into the hearts of fighters at 185 lbs. It capped off a fun enough main card of action (and a pretty boring undercard), for a night of fights that saw a ton of last minute changes for the UFC. Even with all the visa problem madness, I went 6-3 on fight picks.
Disclaimer Time: If I had been a betting man, Yoel Romero would have been the man to win money off of here. Otherwise there wasn't a lot to be made from a lot of close/tossup fights, especially ones on short notice where you're just not sure what fighter is going to show up. Even when I do well, I can rarely muster the regret to feel like I should gamble the next time around. So, I don't. This is just an exercise, using odds and pre-fight picks to weigh expectation with performance and see what can be learned. I'm using Odds Shark for the odds on each fight and taking the mode for each fighter. Now, on to the fights!
Antonio Carlos Jr. (-170) vs. Eddie Gordon (+140) (I picked Carlos Jr., I was right)
Lyoto Machida (-170) vs. Yoel Romero (+145) (I picked Romero, I was right)
Those are my collected thoughts from UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero. As always, so much of what I wrote seems obvious now, but that's the benefit of hindsight. Until next time, when I'll be talking why Conor is still featherweight's biggest star, with or without a win over Chad Mendes!
*This week's quote adapted from the movie Candyman.