UFC Betting Online: UFC 221 takes place on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.
The card broadcasts live on pay-per-view after the FS1 prelims. Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (16-3) meets top contender Yoel Romero (12-2) at the main event. Bet on the latest UFC chances and receive the latest previews, predictions and selections.
We’ll have to wait a bit longer for undisputed winner Robert Whittaker to make his first title defense. The Aussie basher came from his scheduled UFC 221 scrap with Luke Rockhold with an injury, setting up an interim title match involving Rockhold and Cuban Yoel Romero instead.
The name fight functions as the primary event of a card that is filled with 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 earn a quick turnaround to face Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson, it seems the tilt will happen on a subsequent date.
While a couple of conflicts are still being finalized, have a peek at the announced lineup below. Be certain to check in during fight week to get comprehensive gambling previews.
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Current 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
Things to Watch For
Romero will find a 2nd straight chance to claim interim gold. The 40-year old former Olympian was shot to action by Robert Whittaker in his very last matchup, however he did have his moments. He still remains one of the very dangerous middleweights on the planet, capable of surprising outbursts of fight-ending violence.
Rockhold is coming from another round TKO of former WSOF champion David Branch, and his only loss in his past seven fights came via flash courtesy of Michael Bisping. A thudding kicker with a elite submission wrestling match, Rockhold presents a fascinating challenge for the aging Romero – and Whittaker too.
Mark Hunt is a staple in any European card, as the New Zealander is arguably the region’s biggest celebrity. The slugger will examine No. 9 Curtis Blaydes, who’ll do whatever he could to bring this battle to the mat. In a different 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 involving Australia’s Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang. The Chinese fighter would be your UFC’s greatest hope of producing a native celebrity for the world’s most populous country, and Matthews is precisely the sort of guy who can test him.
26-year old Tyson Pedro is young blood at light heavyweight, although his prospects were dimmed somewhat in his final outing against Ilir Latifi. It was the Australian’s initial reduction, and he won’t get an easy bounceback fight. Pedro matches the hard-hitting Saparbek Safarov in what should be an explosive affair.
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