UFC 221 Perth stay updates, effects, circulate, video: Yoel Romero vs Luke Rockhold, Mark Hunt vs Curtis Blaydes – get all the movement and information right here!
UFC 221 became slated to be a celebration of all things Robert Whittaker. but, the UFC middleweight champ become sidelined with a litany of injuries, which means Yoel Romerowas parachuted in to tackle Luke Rockhold for the meantime middleweight championship. however, with the Cuban lacking weight, now simplest Rockhold is eligible to win the interim belt.
If Rockhold wins he will really get a shot on the actual champion subsequent and an opportunity for a 2nd title run inside the UFC. If Romero wins… ¯_(ツ)_/¯
though the principle card is a dynamic match-up, the remainder of the pay-consistent with-view playing cards leaves loads to be preferred (thinking about the near $70 fee tag). The co-major sees the return of heavyweight legend Mark Hunt, who takes at the upstart Curtis Blaydes. before that, exciting heavyweight Tai Tuivasa meets Cyril Asker, Jake Matthews takes on Li Jingliang at 170lbs, and Tyson Pedro fights Saparbek Safarov in the mild heavyweight department.
FS1 prelims, which begin at eight PM ET (neighborhood crowd be damned), cease with lightweight Damien Brown attempting to find a combat of the night bonus versus the Maestro Dong Hyun Kim. The relaxation of that card sees Israel Adesanya debut as opposed to Rob Wilkinson at 185lbs, Alex Volkanovski take on Jeremy Kennedy at 145lbs, and Jussier Formiga face Ben Nguyen at 125lbs.
There are three UFC combat bypass Early Prelims this night. The featured early prelim is a clash of veterans with Ross Pearson vs. Mizuto Hirota inside the light-weight division. the first fights of the night are Teruto Ishihara vs. Jose Quinonez (135lbs) and Luke Jumeau vs. Daichi Abe (170lbs).
YOEL Romero and Luke Rockhold will face off inside the primary event of UFC 221, the first card ever held in Perth – yet just one man will fight for the meantime middleweight name.
After No.1 contender Romero came in obese for the 185-pound match-up, having taken the combat on quick notice after the withdrawal of Aussie champion Robert Whittaker, simplest No.2 Rockhold is eligible to win the interim belt. Rockhold could get a crack at Whittaker for the entire identify, as he turned into initially speculated to in Perth, must he be triumphant. It remains to be visible if the identical opportunity could apply to Romero, who has forfeited 30 in step with cent of his handbag to Rockhold.
Romero’s last stated fight income (UFC 213) changed into $US350,000 – meaning his penalty might be $one hundred and five,000 should his Perth charge be equal.
Whittaker become increased to full champion whilst Georges St-Pierre vacated the belt and is but to defend his title, having been hospitalised beforehand of UFC 221.
Former champion Rockhold (16-three-zero) is coming off an outstanding comeback win over David department, after being out for greater than a 12 months after losing the identify to Michael Bisping at UFC 199. Former Olympic wrestling silver medallist Romero (12-2-0) hasn’t fought for the reason that dropping an meantime identify suit to Whittaker at UFC 213 ultimate July.
The co-major occasion will see adopted Aussie Mark Hunt, forty three, take on American wrestler Curtis Blaydes, 26, in a difficult-hitting heavyweight healthy-up. No.5 contender Hunt (thirteen-11-1, 1NC) last beat Derrick Lewis at UFC combat night Auckland in June final yr, whilst Blaydes (eight-1-zero, 1NC) is coming off a win over Aleksei Oleinik at UFC 217 remaining November.
There’s lots greater movement on an Aussie-flavoured card, in Perth’s first flavor of the UFC – comply with all of the movement and outcomes in our live blog at the lowest of the web page!