The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its promotional debut in Perth, Western Australia, Australia on Saturday night with UFC 221: Rockhold vs. Romero.
After plenty of shake-ups at the top of the card, the UFC settled on an interim middleweight championship bout between former title holder Luke Rockhold and Olympic medalist Yoel Romero.
Initially, a middleweight unification bout between former champion Georges St-Pierre and interim champ Robert Whittaker was set for the pay-per-view. Unfortunately, St-Pierre vacated his title to focus on health issues, while Whittaker was promoted to undisputed champ. Whittaker was then forced to pull out of the event in his home country with health issues of his own.
Due to the time difference, UFC 221 will actually take place on Sunday local time, but will be airing live in the United States at its normal time.
Ahead of Saturday night’s pay-per-view, main event and co-main event participants — Yoel Romero, Luke Rockhold, Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes — took the stage in Perth for the pre-fight press conference.
After taking questions from the media, the fighters squared off at the center of the stage.
The next time the fighters will come face-to-face will be at Friday’s weigh-ins, before they finally get to meet in the cage on Saturday night.
You can watch the full press conference below:
UFC 221 Press Conference Face-Offs
UFC 221 Fight Card
|Middleweight||Yoel Romero||vs.||Luke Rockhold for the interim middleweight title|
|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 (Fox Sports 1)|
|Lightweight||Damien Brown||vs.||Dong Hyun Kim|
|Middleweight||Rob Wilkinson||vs.||Israel Adesanya|
|Lightweight||Jeremy Kennedy||vs.||Alexander Volkanovski|
|Flyweight||Jussier Formiga||vs.||Ben Nguyen|
|Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Lightweight||Ross Pearson||vs.||Mizuto Hirota|
|Bantamweight||Teruto Ishihara||vs.||José Alberto Quiñónez|
|Welterweight||Luke Jumeau||vs.||Daichi Abe|