The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its highly anticipated Western Australian debut on Sunday February 11. UFC 221 takes place at a sold out Perth Arena featuring middleweight contenders Cuban Yoel Romero and American Luke Rockhold battling out for the interim belt live on Pay-Per-View. The reigning champion in the division is New Zealand born representative of the country-host Robert Whittaker, who was forced to withdraw from his first title defense against Rockhold due to health issues.
In follow up to The Octagon heads to Perth clip released late last week, a new video hit stream on Wednesday. The “Rise Up” trailer features “two of the very best of a 185 pound division”, No.1 ranked Romero (12-2-0) and No.2 ranked Rockhold (16-3-0).
The event is expected to be attended by the former UFC middleweight champion, currently ranked No.4 in the division American Chris Weidman (14-3-0), who has fought both Romero and Rockhold. As well, Australian Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr, among others, travels to Perth to witness a historic happening.
The UFC 221 co-main event features “The Super Samoan” Mark Hunt who faces American heavyweight Curtis Blaydes. The full fight card and Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) schedule 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