UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold fight date, card, start time, preview

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UFC champ Luke Rockhold (Getty)

The UFC makes its pay-per-view return to Australia as UFC 221 takes place on Saturday, Feb. 10 from the Perth Area in Perth, Australia. It is going to be the primary time a PPV has been held “Down Underneath” since UFC 193 when Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey. 

The primary occasion options Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero battling for the interim middleweight championship. Within the co-essential occasion former heavyweight title challenger Mark Hunt takes on Curtis Blaydes.

UFC 221 is a one-fight card surrounded by Australian fighters and people hailing from nations surrounding it.

Can Rockhold and Romero make it a fight to recollect? 

(All occasions Japanese.)

UFC 221 date, start time

The primary preliminary fight is out there for UFC.com’s Fight Cross members starting at 6:forty five p.m. The remaining preliminary fights could be seen on Fox Sports activities 1 starting at eight p.m. Pay-per-view protection begins at 10 p.m. Rockhold and Romero ought to enter the Octagon at round 12:15 a.m.

UFC 221 PPV, stay stream

The principal card on pay-per-view may be bought for $sixty four.ninety nine. For extra info on how you can order UFC 221 Rockhold vs. Romero, contact your TV supplier. It’s also possible to reside-stream UFC 220 and the Miocic vs. Ngannou fundamental card on UFC.TV for $sixty four.ninety nine.

UFC 221 fight card

Primary card

  • Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero for the Interim UFC Middleweight title
  • Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes; Heavyweight
  • Tai Tuivasa vs. Cyril Asker; Heavyweight 
  • Jake Matthews vs. Li Jingliang; Welterweight 
  • Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov; Mild Heavyweight 

Preliminary Card 

  • Damien Brown vs. Dong Hyun Kim; Light-weight 
  • Rob Wilkinson vs. Israel Adesanya; Middleweight 
  • Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alexander Volkanovski; Light-weight 
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen; Flyweight 
  • Ross Pearson vs. Mizuto Hirota; Light-weight 
  • Teruto Ishihara vs. José Alberto Quiñónez; Bantamweight 
  • Luke Jumeau vs. Daichi Abe; Welterweight

UFC 221 preview

Robert Whittaker was initially slated to make his first title protection towards Luke Rockhold in his homeland of Australia. Sadly for Whittaker, it wasn’t meant to be: in mid-January, Whittaker contracted a staph an infection which was mistreated, pulled his hamstring and — to cap it off — suffered a case of chickenpox. Though the cardboard had been centered round Whittaker, the UFC discovered an appropriate alternative in Romero, with the winner dealing with Whittaker in a title unification bout later this yr.

Rockhold (sixteen-three) has solely competed as soon as since dropping his belt to Michael Bisping at UFC 199 in June 2016, submitting David Department within the second spherical at UFC Fight Night time 116 in September. Earlier than the loss, Rockhold was on a tear, profitable 5 consecutive fights, all by stoppage. Out of the Exhausting Knocks 365 group member’s sixteen profession wins, 14 have come inside the distance. 

Romero (12-2) will get a second probability at turning into the interim champion. He confronted Whittaker in the primary occasion of UFC 213 in July, dropping a slender choice: it was an in depth fight till Romero’s fuel tank landed on E. Previous to the loss, the 2000 Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling gained eight in a row. 

If the fight goes into the later rounds, Romero’s cardio is the most important query: will he maintain up and be capable of deliver championship gold house to Cuba? And for Rockhold, does the change of opponent alter his mindset as he seems to be strap UFC gold round his waist?

Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing author and contributor for Sporting Information. You’ll be able to take heed to his podcast, “The Fight Membership Chicago,” right here . You possibly can e-mail him at [email protected] and may discover him on Twitter @SMuehlhausenMMA .