UFC 221 takes place tonight at the Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, Australia. The pay-per-view fight card took a devastating blow last night during the weigh-ins as Yoel Romero came in heavy for his interim middleweight title bout against Luke Rockhold.
Romero came in at 188 pounds on his first attempt and then weighing 187.7 on his second. The interim title shot was now off the books for Romero, however it was still a viable option for Rockhold if he won. Unfortunately for Romero, his third round TKO victory over Rockhold tonight does not win him a belt but likely puts him in line to fight champion Robert Whittaker at a later date.
The co-main event was a heavyweight bout between Curtis Blaydes and Mark Hunt. Hunt would drop a unanimous decision to the American.
UFC 221 results below:
Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Yoel Romero defeated Luke Rockhold via TKO – Round 3, 1:48
Curtis Blaydes defeated Mark Hunt via unanimous decision
Tai Tuivasa defeated Cyril Asker via TKO – Round 1, 2:18
Jake Matthews defeated Li Jingliang via unanimous decision
Tyson Pedro defeated Saparbek Safarov via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 3:54
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Dong Hyun Kim defeated Damien Brown via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Israel Adesanya defeated Rob Wilkinson via TKO – Round 2, 3:32
Alexander Volkanovski defeated Jeremy Kennedy via TKO – Round 2, 4:57
Jussier Formiga defeated Ben Nguyen via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 1:43
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Ross Pearson defeated Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jose Quinonez defeated Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Luke Jumeau defeated Daichi Abe via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-27)