UFC 221 Video Preview & Breakdown Of Romero vs. Rockhold

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We are just a few days away from the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut in Perth, Western Australia with UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold.

While the inaugural show in Perth does not feature the star-studded headliner that was initially planned, two of the top middleweight contenders — Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold — will battle it out for the interim middleweight championship in the main event.

Romero (12-2) enters the bout as the No. 1 contender at 185 pounds. The Olympic medalist is coming off of a loss to the current middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, in his last outing back in July, but he was riding an eight-fight winning streak prior to that loss — which was for the interim title.

Rockhold (16-3), meanwhile, is the No. 2 ranked contender.

The former middleweight champion los the belt to Michael Bisping back in June of 2016, before rebounding with a submission victory over David Branch in September of last year.

In anticipation of the pay-per-view, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has unveiled “UFC 221: Inside the Octagon” featuring a breakdown of the championship bout by commentators John Gooden and Dan Hardy.

You can check out the full “UFC 221: Inside the Octagon” breakdown below:

UFC 221 Fight Card

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10:00 p.m. ET)

  • Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero – for interim middleweight title
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Mark Hunt
  • Cyril Asker vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Li Jingliang vs. Jake Matthews
  • Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Damien Brown vs. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim
  • Israel Adesanya vs. Rob Wilkinson
  • Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alex Volkanovski
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:45 p.m. ET)

  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Ross Pearson
  • Teruto Ishihara vs. Jose Quinonez
  • Daichi Abe vs. Luke Jumeau

Stay tuned to Campus Sports throughout the weekend for the latest news and headlines from UFC 221.

CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.
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