Watch UFC 221 Full Fight Replay
On Saturday night, the UFC will return to Australia for the 12th time, but the event will be a historical one, nonetheless. The government of Western Australia had actually not previous allowed MMA events in anything aside from a boxing ring, however due to current modifications in the laws, UFC 221 will land in Perth and the promotion will be using its trademarked Octagon cage.
The headliner is an interim-title showdown between Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero, however this was not the original strategy. The initial plan was to have then-champion Georges St-Pierre face then-interim champ Robert Whittaker for a merged title. However, GSP vacated his title, Whittaker was promoted to undisputed champ, and the New Zealand native was then to face Luke Rockhold. Last month, Whittaker took out and was replaced by Romero for the interim challenge.
Romero is presently the No. 1 competitor, but he is coming off a five-round choice loss to the abovementioned Whittaker. The compelling Cuban wrestler is in a prime position to get a rematch against Whittaker to earn the undisputed belt.
Former Strikeforce and UFC champ Rockhold lost his very first title defense to Michael Bisping in June 2016. He has just battled when because. His last fight was in September when he submitted David Branch by strikes. He has been chomping at the bit to get the title back, but Romero will be among his most difficult difficulties yet. All eyes will be on this one in Perth.
The co-main event includes a heavyweight face-off between Australian preferred Mark Hunt, 43, and the 26-year-old Curtis Blaydes. Hunt is presently sitting at 5th in the department, while Blaydes is currently ranked ninth. Both of these men might make a title shot with a couple wins. This one must be an extremely entertaining fight.
The primary card also includes a heavyweight battle between Tai Tuivasa and Cyril Asker, welterweights Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang, and a light heavyweight match-up between Tyson Pedro and Saparbek Safarov, both of whom are coming off losses in their last UFC getaways.
The UFC Fight Pass preliminary card starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 10, followed by the Fox Sports 1 prelims at 8 p.m. ET. The action then moves to pay-per-view with the main card at 10 p.m. ET.