UFC Betting Online: UFC 221 takes place on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Perth Arena at Perth, Australia.
The card broadcasts live on pay-per-view after the FS1 prelims. Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (16-3) matches top contender Yoel Romero (12-2) at the primary event. Bet on the latest UFC odds and receive the latest previews, predictions and picks.
We are going to have to wait a little bit longer for undisputed champion Robert Whittaker to make his first title defense. The Aussie basher withdrew from his scheduled UFC 221 scrap with Luke Rockhold having an injury, setting up an interim title game between Rockhold and Cuban Yoel Romero instead.
The name fight functions as the main event of a card that is filled with talented natives, such as Mark Hunt, Tai Tuivasa, Jake Matthews and Tyson Pedro. While it had been rumored that women’s strawweight champion Cris”Cyborg” Justino could make a fast turnaround to face Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson, it appears the tilt will happen on a later date.
Even though a couple of fights are still being finalized, have a look at the declared lineup below. Make certain that you check in during combat week to get comprehensive betting 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
What to Watch For
Romero will get a 2nd straight chance to maintain interim gold. The 40-year old former Olympian was took to action by Robert Whittaker in his last matchup, however he did have his moments. He still remains one of the very dangerous middleweights around Earth, capable of sudden outbursts of fight-ending violence.
Rockhold is coming from a second round TKO of former WSOF champion David Branch, along with his only loss in his past seven conflicts came via flash courtesy of Michael Bisping. A thudding kicker with a elite submission wrestling match, Rockhold presents an intriguing challenge for the aging Romero – and Whittaker as well.
Mark Hunt is a staple on any European card, as the New Zealander is arguably the area’s biggest celebrity. The slugger will examine No. 9 Curtis Blaydes, who will do everything he can to bring this battle to the mat. In another heavyweight collision, undefeated Tai Tuivasa will seem to keep his 100% KO ratio intact when 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 creating a native celebrity for the world’s most populous country, and Matthews is precisely the sort of man who can examine him.
26-year old Tyson Pedro is young blood in 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 ought to be an explosive affair.