UFC Betting Online: UFC 221 takes place on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 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 picks.
We'll 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 game involving Rockhold and Cuban Yoel Romero instead.
The name fight functions as the primary event of a card that is 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 could earn a quick turnaround to confront Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson, it seems the tilt will happen on a subsequent date.
While a few conflicts are still being finalized, have a look at the declared lineup below. Be certain to check in during fight week for comprehensive gambling previews.
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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 get a second right opportunity to maintain interim gold. The 40-year old former Olympian was shot to task by Robert Whittaker in his very last matchup, however he did have his moments. He still remains among the very dangerous middleweights on 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 through flash courtesy of Michael Bisping. A thudding kicker having a elite submission wrestling game, Rockhold presents an intriguing challenge for its aging Romero - and Whittaker too.
Mark Hunt is a staple on any European card, as the New Zealander is arguably the region's biggest celebrity. The slugger will test No. 9 Curtis Blaydes, who'll do whatever he could to bring this fight to the mat. In a different heavyweight collision, undefeated Tai Tuivasa will seem to maintain his 100% KO ratio intact if he meets France's Cyril Asker.
You've gotta love the matchup between Australia's Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang. The Chinese fighter is the UFC's best hope of creating a native celebrity for the planet's most populous country, and Matthews is exactly the type of man who can test him.
26-year old Tyson Pedro is much-needed young blood at light heavyweight, although his prospects were subdued somewhat in his last outing against Ilir Latifi. This was the Australian's initial loss, and he will not get a simple bounceback fight. Pedro meets the hard-hitting Saparbek Safarov in what should be an explosive affair.