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) meets top competition Yoel Romero (12-2) in the main event. Bet on the latest UFC odds and receive the latest previews, predictions and picks.
We’ll have to wait just a bit longer for undisputed champion Robert Whittaker to create his initial title defense. The Aussie basher came from his scheduled UFC 221 scrap with Luke Rockhold with an injury, establishing an interim title game between Rockhold and Cuban Yoel Romero instead.
The title fight functions as the main event of a card that’s full of talented natives, like Mark Hunt, Tai Tuivasa, Jake Matthews and Tyson Pedro. While it was rumored that women’s strawweight champion Cris”Cyborg” Justino could earn a quick turnaround to confront Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson, it appears the tilt will take place on a later date.
Even though a couple of conflicts are still being finalized, take a look at the declared lineup below. Make sure to check in during fight week for in-depth betting previews.
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Present Card – Subject to Change
Main Event – 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
What to Watch For
Romero will find a second straight opportunity to claim interim gold. The 40-year old former Olympian was shot to action by Robert Whittaker in his last matchup, however he did have his moments. He remains among the very dangerous middleweights around Earth, capable of sudden outbursts of fight-ending violence.
Rockhold is coming off a second round TKO of former WSOF champion David Branch, and his only loss in his previous seven conflicts came through flash courtesy of Michael Bisping. A thudding kicker having a elite submission wrestling match, Rockhold presents an intriguing challenge for its aging Romero – and Whittaker as well.
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 could to bring this fight to the mat. In another heavyweight collision, undefeated Tai Tuivasa will look to keep his 100% KO ratio intact when he meets France’s Cyril Asker.
You’ve gotta love the matchup between Australia’s Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang. The Chinese fighter would be your UFC’s best hope of creating a native star for the planet’s most populous nation, and Matthews is precisely the sort of man who can examine him.
26-year old Tyson Pedro is young blood at light heavyweight, though his prospects were subdued somewhat in his final outing against Ilir Latifi. It was the Australian’s initial loss, and he will not get an easy bounceback fight. Pedro meets the hard-hitting Saparbek Safarov in what should be an explosive affair.
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