UFC Betting Online: UFC 221 Occurs on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in the Perth Arena at Perth, Australia.
The principal card broadcasts live on pay-per-view following the FS1 prelims. Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (16-3) matches top competition Yoel Romero (12-2) at the main event. Bet on the latest UFC odds and get the latest previews, predictions and selections.
We’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for undisputed winner Robert Whittaker to create his initial title defense. The Aussie basher came from his scheduled UFC 221 scrap with Luke Rockhold having an injury, setting up an interim title match between Rockhold and Cuban Yoel Romero instead.
The title fight serves as the main event of a card that is full of talented natives, like Mark Hunt, Tai Tuivasa, Jake Matthews and Tyson Pedro. While it had been rumored that women’s strawweight champion Cris”Cyborg” Justino would make a fast turnaround to face Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson, it seems the tilt will take place on a subsequent date.
Even though a few fights are still being finalized, have a look at the announced lineup below. Make sure that you check in during combat week for in-depth betting previews.
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Current 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 get a second straight opportunity to claim interim gold. The 40-year old former Olympian was shot to task by Robert Whittaker in his last matchup, though he did have his moments. He still remains one of the most dangerous middleweights around the planet, capable of surprising outbursts of fight-ending violence.
Rockhold is coming from a second round TKO of former WSOF winner David Branch, along with his only loss in his previous seven fights came via flash knockout courtesy of Michael Bisping. A thudding kicker with an elite submission wrestling game, Rockhold presents an intriguing challenge for its aging Romero – and Whittaker too.
Mark Hunt is a staple in any Australian card, since the New Zealander is arguably the area’s biggest star. The slugger will test No. 9 Curtis Blaydes, who’ll do everything he can to bring this battle to the mat. In another heavyweight collision, undefeated Tai Tuivasa will seem to keep his 100 percent KO ratio intact if he meets France’s Cyril Asker.
You have gotta love the matchup between Australia’s Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang. The Chinese fighter is the UFC’s greatest hope of producing a native celebrity for the world’s most populous country, and Matthews is precisely the type of man who can examine him.
26-year old Tyson Pedro is much-needed young blood in light heavyweight, though his prospects were subdued somewhat in his final outing against Ilir Latifi. This was the Australian’s first reduction, and he will not get an easy bounceback fight. Pedro meets the hard-hitting Saparbek Safarov in what should be an explosive affair.