UFC Betting Online: UFC 221 takes place 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 primary event. Bet on the hottest UFC chances and get the latest previews, predictions and picks.
We are going to have to wait just a little bit longer for undisputed winner Robert Whittaker to create his first title defense. The Aussie basher came from his scheduled UFC 221 scrap with Luke Rockhold having an injury, setting up an interim title match involving Rockhold and Cuban Yoel Romero instead.
The title fight functions as the primary event of a card that’s 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 make a fast turnaround to confront Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson, it appears the tilt will happen on a subsequent date.
Even though a few fights are still being finalized, take a look at the announced lineup below. Be certain to check in during fight 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
Things to Watch For
Romero will get a second right chance to claim interim gold. The 40-year old former Olympian was took to task by Robert Whittaker in his last matchup, however he did have his moments. He remains one of the most dangerous middleweights around Earth, capable of sudden outbursts of fight-ending violence.
Rockhold is coming off another round TKO of former WSOF winner David Branch, along with his only loss in his past seven fights came via flash knockout courtesy of Michael Bisping. A thudding kicker having an elite submission wrestling game, Rockhold presents a fascinating challenge for the aging Romero – and Whittaker too.
Mark Hunt is a staple on any Australian card, since the New Zealander is arguably the area’s biggest star. The slugger will examine No. 9 Curtis Blaydes, who will do whatever he can 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 involving Australia’s Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang. The Chinese fighter would be the UFC’s greatest hope of creating a native celebrity for the planet’s most populous country, and Matthews is exactly the sort of man who can examine him.
26-year old Tyson Pedro is much-needed young blood in light heavyweight, although his prospects were subdued somewhat in his final outing against Ilir Latifi. It was the Australian’s initial reduction, and he will not get a simple bounceback fight. Pedro meets the hard-hitting Saparbek Safarov in what ought to be an explosive affair.
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