UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold
The pre-fight press conference for UFC 221 took place at Perth Arena on Wednesday February 7 in presence of four main event fighters: Yoel Romero, Luke Rockhold, Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes, as well as UFC Senior Vice President David Shaw.
UFC makes its debut in Western Australia on Sunday February 11 at Perth Arena. The event is headlined by the interim middleweight title fight between the former champion Luke Rockhold and KO artist Yoel Romero.
“It’s dangerous as it gets,” said Rockhold among everything. “Yoel calls himself a ‘Soldier of God’. He talks about crippling, hospitalizing his opponents. That makes it a lot more real. We are not playing games, this is for keeps. This is a real f***ing deal. I am ready.” In addition, he spoke a potential showdown for the undisputed belt with the reigning champion in the division Robert Whittaker.
As translated Romero said that the number one is training and getting better every day. “Number one is about learning every day and incorporating my skills in the sport,” he said. “Number one it’s about you, not about who you are fighting.”
The co-main event bout at UFC 221 is a clash of heavyweights between Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes. Hunt is K-1 kickboxing legend, who has also cemented his name in MMA history. Blaydes is currently ranked No. 9 in the division.
“It’s great for me to be fighting again,” said Hunt. “I’ve missed out on Sydney [Fight Night], so I’m looking forward to competing on Sunday.”
“I’m prepared, I know he hits hard,” said Blaydes. “I’ve fought heavy-hitters before. I am ready and excited to put on a bout for you guys.
The full UFC 221 press conference video is available on the promotion’s YouTube Channel. The photo report can be found below.
Also on UFC 221 main card heavyweight Tai Tuivasa meets Cyril Asker. Welterweight Jake Matthews takes on Li Jingliang. In addition, Tyson Pedro meets Saparbek Safarov at light heavyweight.
The open workouts, free to the public, are held on Friday at Elizaberth Quay. The official weigh-in ceremony is conducted on Saturday. The full fight card can be found below.
UFC 221 fight card
Main card on Pay-Per-View / 2:00 PM
Middleweight Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold
Heavyweight Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes
Heavyweight Tai Tuivasa vs. Cyril Asker
Welterweight Jake Matthews vs. Li Jingliang
Light Heavyweight Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov
Preliminary Card on FS 4, Edge and Fight Pass / 12:00 PM
Lightweight Damien Brown vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Middleweight Rob Wilkinson vs. Israel Adesanya
Lightweight Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy
Flyweight Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen
Early Prelims on UFC Fight Pass / 10:30 AM
Lightweight Ross Pearson vs. Mizuto Hirota
Bantamweight Teruto Ishihara vs. Jose Alberto Quinonez
Welterweight Luke Jumeau vs. Daichi Abe
— FIGHTMAG (@fightmag) February 7, 2018