UFC Betting Online: UFC 221 takes place on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.
The card airs live on pay-per-view after the FS1 prelims. Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (16-3) meets top competition Yoel Romero (12-2) at the main event. Bet on the hottest UFC odds and receive the latest previews, predictions and selections.
We are going to have to wait a bit longer for undisputed champion Robert Whittaker to create his initial title defense. The Aussie basher withdrew from his scheduled UFC 221 scrap with Luke Rockhold with an injury, setting up an interim title match between Rockhold and Cuban Yoel Romero instead.
The title fight serves as the primary event of a card that’s 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 could earn a quick turnaround to face Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson, it seems the tilt will take place on a subsequent date.
Even though a few conflicts are still being finalized, have a peek at the announced lineup below. Be sure that you check in during fight week for in-depth betting previews.
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Current 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 find a 2nd right opportunity to maintain interim gold. The 40-year old former Olympian was took to action by Robert Whittaker in his very last matchup, though he did have his moments. He still remains one of the very dangerous middleweights on Earth, capable of surprising outbursts of fight-ending violence.
Rockhold is coming from another round TKO of former WSOF winner David Branch, along with his only loss in his past seven conflicts came via flash courtesy of Michael Bisping. A thudding kicker with an elite submission wrestling game, Rockhold presents an intriguing challenge for its aging Romero – and Whittaker too.
Mark Hunt is a staple in any Australian card, as the New Zealander is arguably the area’s biggest celebrity. The slugger will examine No. 9 Curtis Blaydes, who’ll do everything he can to bring this fight to the mat. In a different heavyweight collision, undefeated Tai Tuivasa will look to maintain his 100 percent KO ratio intact when he meets France’s Cyril Asker.
You have gotta love the matchup between Australia’s Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang. The Chinese fighter would be your UFC’s best hope of producing a native celebrity for the world’s most populous nation, and Matthews is exactly the sort of guy who can examine him.
26-year old Tyson Pedro is young blood in light heavyweight, although his prospects were dimmed somewhat in his final outing against Ilir Latifi. It was the Australian’s first loss, 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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