UFC Betting Online: UFC 221 takes place on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.
The card broadcasts live on pay-per-view following the FS1 prelims. Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (16-3) matches top contender Yoel Romero (12-2) in the main event. Bet on the hottest UFC chances and get the latest previews, predictions and selections.
We’ll have to wait just a bit longer for undisputed champion Robert Whittaker to make his initial title defense. The Aussie basher came from his scheduled UFC 221 scrap with Luke Rockhold with an accident, setting up an interim title game between Rockhold and Cuban Yoel Romero instead.
The name fight serves as the main event of a card that is full of talented natives, such as Mark Hunt, Tai Tuivasa, Jake Matthews and Tyson Pedro. While it was rumored that women’s strawweight champion Cris”Cyborg” Justino would earn a quick turnaround to confront Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson, it appears the tilt will take place on a later date.
While a few conflicts are still being finalized, take a look at the declared lineup below. Be certain to check in during fight week to get in-depth gambling previews.
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Card – Subject to Change
Main Event, Middleweight Championship – Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold
Heavyweight – Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes
Heavyweight – Tai Tuivasa vs. Cyril Asker
Welterweight – Jake Matthews vs. Li Jingliang
LIght Heavyweight – Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov
Lightweight – Damien Brown vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Middleweight – Rob Wilkinson vs. Israel Adesanya
Flyweight – Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen
Featherweight – Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy
Lightweight – Ross Pearson vs. Mizuto Hirota
Bantamweight – Teruto Ishihara vs. Jose Quninonez
Welterweight – Luke Jumeau vs. Daichi Abe
Things to Watch For
Romero will find a 2nd right opportunity to maintain interim gold. The 40-year old former Olympian was took to action by Robert Whittaker in his very last matchup, however he did have his moments. He remains among the most dangerous middleweights on Earth, capable of surprising outbursts of fight-ending violence.
Rockhold is coming off another round TKO of former WSOF winner David Branch, and his only loss in his past seven conflicts came through flash knockout courtesy of Michael Bisping. A thudding kicker having a elite submission wrestling match, Rockhold presents an intriguing challenge for the aging Romero – and Whittaker too.
Mark Hunt is a staple in any Australian card, since the New Zealander is arguably the region’s biggest star. The slugger will examine No. 9 Curtis Blaydes, who’ll do everything he can to bring this fight to the mat. In another heavyweight collision, undefeated Tai Tuivasa will look to maintain his 100% KO ratio intact when he meets France’s Cyril Asker.
You’ve gotta love the matchup involving Australia’s Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang. The Chinese fighter would be the UFC’s best hope of producing a native star for the world’s most populous country, and Matthews is precisely the sort of guy who can examine him.
26-year older Tyson Pedro is much-needed young blood at light heavyweight, though his prospects were subdued somewhat in his final outing against Ilir Latifi. This was the Australian’s initial reduction, and he will not get a simple bounceback fight. Pedro meets the hard-hitting Saparbek Safarov in what should be an explosive affair.
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