UFC 221: Luke Rockhold vs Yoel Romero

UFC 221: Luke Rockhold vs Yoel Romero

The UFC has made a decision to head back to Australia for UFC 221. Tonight's bout is the main event of UFC 221, which takes place from Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. Despite winning the bout, he could not capture the interim belt, due to missing weight.

But fans hoping to see a match-up against Whittaker in the near future will take comfort from a tweet sent by Romero's rep shortly after the fight.

In order to maintain (or at least portray) some semblance of order, the UFC created an interim title fight between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero last July. A rematch wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

Whittaker is now on the shelf with a variety of injuries and a time frame for a return to action has yet to be determined.

As such, and with few clear contenders for the belt, White appears inclined to give Romero another crack at Whittaker, whom he lost to at UFC 213 last summer. Whittaker then became full champion after Georges St-Pierre relinquished the middleweight title.

Yet he's not the interim champion.


Romero dropped his foe with a brutal overhand left, before landing a hellacious uppercut putting Rockhold to sleep.

"It seems to make intuitive sense - the No.1 and No.2 competing", UFC senior vice president David Shaw said. It happens, and hopefully Whittaker will be healthy and return soon. Check out the UFC 221 post-fight bonuses below.

The fight kicked off at a glacial pace, with Rockhold establishing the distance and picking at Romero with leg kicks. We trained very good for this fight. "He wants to stand and bang, He's the better striker, he's a veteran, but I didn't want to play his game".

Romero vs. Rockhold, presented by AirAsia, will air live, February 11 at 11AM (local time, GMT+8) with prelims starting at 9AM (local time, GMT+8) on Fox Sports 1.

As good as Romero is, it's not fair to reward him with a title shot.

While many talked about a potential knockout in the penultimate bout between Curtis Blaydes and Mark Hunt, that was a rather ho-hum fight in which the former out-wrestled the latter en route to a very clear unanimous decision win. "It messed up my plans for the weight cut a little bit".

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