This is the first time that a Pay Per View UFC event has been held in Australia since UFC 193 when Holly Holm smashed Ronda Rousey, and with Kiwi/Australian Mark Hunt on the card, it’s sure to be a ripping afternoon, and you need not miss a minute when watching it on Pay TV, as well as using the available options to follow the key moments live online.
UFC 221 Australia Preview
The main event was originally meant to be Luke Ruckhold against Australian fighter Robert Whittaker but Whittaker had to pull out due to a hamstring tear followed by a bout of the chickenpox. Yoel Romero is his replacement, and the winner of the fight will face Whittaker later in the year in a Middleweight title unification bout. Ruckhold has a record of 16-3 and has only competed once since losing his belt in 2016 at UFC 199, submitting David Branch in the second up in a UFC fight night event in September. Of his 16 wins, 14 have come before the end of the final round. As for Romero, it’s a chance to become interim champion. He has a record of 12-2 and lost to Whittaker in UFC 2013 back in July, losing narrowly, largely due to the fight going the distance and his tank reading empty late. That will be the query for Romero here. How will he handle the situation should the middleweight (185 lbs.) fight go the distance? As for Ruckhold, does a change in opponent alter the way he goes about things, or will it be business as usual.
UFC 221: “Rockhold vs Romero”
When: Sunday, 11 February 2018
Where: Perth Arena in Perth, Australia
The other main fight on the UFC 221 live programming sees Kiwi/Australian Mark Hunt face Curtis Blaydes in the heavyweight division (265 lbs.). Hunt really is one of the great stories of the UFC. He is 44 years of age, yet still competes at a high level and has a great winning strike rate. He has a record of 13-11-1 and is coming off a superb win in New Zealand against a rising star in Derrick Lewis. Despite his age, he can mix it with the best of them and in terms of stamina, he more than holds his own no matter the gap. But he isn’t getting any younger and the new generation will only get better. Blaydes has an 8-1 record and is coming off a win in November against Oleksiy Oliynyk. He has an impressive knockout strike rate, but the beauty about him is that he is a very strong wrestling background, with his tackling technique one of the best in the UFC, something Hunt will need to be aware of. Blaydes is climbing up the ranks rapidly, and this will be the biggest win of his career should he get the job done, but Hunt will have the home-crowd advantage that saw a huge advantage in the Horn vs Pacquiao Brisbane battle and it will make for must see TV.
UFC 221 LIVE TV Fight Card (Sydney time)
UFC 221 Prelims on Fox Sports 1 from 12.00pm AEDT
- 155 lbs.: Damien Brown vs. Dong Hyun Kim
- 185 lbs.: Israel Adesanya vs. Rob Wilkinson
- 145 lbs.: Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alex Volkanovski
- 125 lbs.: Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen
UFC 221 Main Card from 2.00pm AEDT (Pay-Per-View)
- 265 lbs.: Cyril Asker vs. Tai Tuivasa
- 170 lbs.: Li Jingliang vs. Jake Matthews
- 205 lbs.: Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov
UFC 221 Co-Main Event (Pay-Per-View)
- Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes at approx. 3.30pm
UFC 221 Main Event (Pay-Per-View)
- Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero approx. 4.30pm (Interim Middleweight title)
*Shown as Sydney time (AEDT), adjust for regional differences. Due to licensing you won’t find UFC 221 free to air in Australia.
Live UFC 221 TV and Online Streaming
If you live in the UK, you can watch Hunt vs Blaydes free to air on the Sky 437 channel. If you’re a resident of Australia you will need to subscribe to UFC 221 live on Main Event, available via Foxtel or Optus featuring Foxtel. Main Event can be accessed by clicking to call this Foxtel phone number.
If you wish to watch the preliminary fights live online, Foxtel Now currently have a 2 weeks free trial and the platform will be streaming the UFC 221 prelimins (12pm – 2pm) via the Fox Sports 1 channel. There’s no-lock in contract, and the trial offers a chance to watch other great sport this weekend including the Perth Super Six of golf (Feb 8-11), 2018 Brisbane Rugby Tens (Feb 9-10) and much more!