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UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold (2/10/2018) - Perth, Australia (Perth Arena)

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UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold
February 10, 2018
Perth, Australia (Perth Arena)

Interim UFC Middleweight Championship: Yoel Romero (187.7)* vs. Luke Rockhold (185) - Romero, KO (punch), R3 (1:48)
Mark Hunt (265) vs. Curtis Blaydes (255.5) - Blaydes, DEC (unanimous)
Tai Tuivasa (263.5) vs. Cyril Asker (243.5) - Tuivasa, TKO (strikes), R1 (2:18)
Jake Matthews (170.5) vs. Jingliang Li (170) - Matthews, DEC (unanimous)
Tyson Pedro (205) vs. Saparbek Safarov (204.5) - Pedro, SUB (kimura), R1 (3:54)

Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card:
Damien Brown (156) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (156) - Kim, DEC (split)
Rob Wilkinson (186) vs. Israel Adesanya (183) - Adesanya, TKO (strikes), R2 (3:37)
Jeremy Kennedy (145) vs. Alex Volkanovski (145.5) - Volkanovski, TKO (punches), R2 (4:57)
Jussier Formiga (126) vs. Ben Nguyen (125.5) - Formiga, SUB (rear naked choke), R3 (1:43)

Fight Pass Preliminary Card:
Ross Pearson (156) vs. Mizuto Hirota (156) - Pearson, DEC (unanimous)
Teruto Ishihara (135.5) vs. José Alberto Quiñónez (135) - Quiñónez, DEC (unanimous)
Luke Jumeau (170.5) vs. Daichi Abe (170.5) - Jumeau, DEC (unanimous)

*Forfeits 30% of purse for missing weight; Title only at stake for Rockhold

Event Bonuses ($50,000):
Performance of the Night: Jussier Formiga
Performance of the Night: Israel Adesanya
Fight of the Night: Jake Matthews vs. Jingliang Li

Attendance: 12,437
Gate: $2.81 million
Buyrate: 130,000

Cancelled Fights:
Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold - Injury to Whittaker

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Does Hunt still have a lawsuit against UFC or is he still threatening one?

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Yeah, there is definitely a lawsuit going on. Hunt plans on fighting out his deal and leaving, hence, why he isn't just inactive.

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I know I'm going with Yoel in the main event but not sure which way I'm going in the co main event. 

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Perth looks the exact opposite of say....Buffalo last April for DC/Rumble part two. I would find any excuse to either fight or corner someone in Perth.

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Good on Tai Tuivasa to make it to the main card!  Hopefully he pulls off a win for his kinda sorta hometown crowd.

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I pray to whatever entity that controls the cosmos that Israel Adesanya does something impactful in the UFC.

 

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Me too.  His head feints are fucking sick and his ability to kick with power with zero telegraphing is ridiculous.

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13 hours ago, Oyaji said:

Classic Mario, lol.

What do you mean "Classic Mario?"  You can clearly see that Ronny Markes is still alive after Yamasaki stops the fight.

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So Rockhold is saying that he may be moving up a weight class in the immediate future, and Romero has to lose three and a half pounds within a couple hours or else I assume even if he wins the fight he can't win the interim interim title (I know it's not really the interim x2 title).

 

Perhaps middleweight just is destined to not have a champion.

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He came in at 187.7 pounds on his second pounds and officially missed weight.  

How does an Olympic silver medalist miss weight for the biggest fight of his career? Fucking unprofessional tool-bag.

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1 hour ago, TheVileOne said:

He came in at 187.7 pounds on his second pounds and officially missed weight.  

How does an Olympic silver medalist miss weight for the biggest fight of his career? Fucking unprofessional tool-bag.

Maybe Australia has no hot water or the wrong bathtubs like last week. 

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Just the title? Does he not forfeit 30% of his purse to Rockhold? I haven't seen that mentioned anywhere. For pay-per-view main event money that would have to hurt a lot.

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They had to renegotiate the fight, so chances are UFC had to grease Rockhold's palm.  It's not clear how much of Romero's purse he received.  I don't think the Australian commission has to reveal that.

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Please bring in hydration testing. This current system is neither safe for the fighters or good for the fans. 

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