Fight Picks – UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold

The geographically named Perth arena in Perth, Australia hosts the much maligned UFC 221 this Saturday night. Initially, Aussie Robert Whittaker was due to defend his middleweight title atop the card but a bout of injury has forced his opponent Luke Rockhold into an interim title tilt against Yoel Romero on what is a very top-heavy card.

Check out Sean and Graeme’s preview of UFC 221 as well as Sean’s picks for the full event below.

Main Card

Middleweight – Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold: I am 50-50 about this being drab or a classic but either way I see Romero winning late.

Heavyweight – Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes: I’m going with Blaydes over three rounds.

Heavyweight – Tai Tuivasa vs. Cyril Asker: Tuivasa

Welterweight – Jake Matthews vs. Li Jingliang: Matthews

Light Heavyweight – Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov: Pedro

Preliminary Card

Lightweight – Damien Brown vs. Dong Hyun Kim: Brown

Middleweight – Rob Wilkinson vs. Israel Adesanya: Adesanya

Featherweight – Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alexander Volkanovski: Volkanovski

Flyweight – Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen: Formiga

Early Preliminary Card

Lightweight – Ross Pearson vs. Mizuto Hirota: Pearson

Bantamweight – Teruto Ishihara vs. José Alberto Quiñónez: Ishihara

Welterweight – Luke Jumeau vs. Daichi Abe: Abe

Bet Of The Week

I’m going for a 9/2 treble of Romero, Tuivasa and Formiga.

Start Times

Early Prelims – Fight Pass at 11.30pm

Prelims – Fight Pass and BT Sport at 1am

Main Card – BT Sport at 3am

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