UFC 221 took place February 10th in Perth, Australia at the Perth, Arena. In the night’s Main Event, Yoel Romero got a third round knockout over Luke Rockhold. While the bout was for the Interim Middleweight Title, only Rockhold was eligible to win the title as Romero, who took the fight on short notice, missed weight. The bout saw both fighters being somewhat cautious in the first couple rounds. In round three Romero dropped him and followed up with one more punch to put him out. In the Co-Main Event, Curtis Blaydes took a decision from Mark Hunt. Hunt had him hurt and in trouble in round one so Blaydes then took a safer approach and score multiple nice takedowns and kept the fight on the ground to take the decision. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Welterweight: Luke Jumeau (13-4) defeated Daichi Abe (6-1) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-27/28-27). We scored it 29-28 Jumeau.
2. Bantamweight: Jose Quinonez (8-2) defeated Teruto Ishihara (11-5-2) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/29-28/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Ishihara.
3. Lightweight: Ross Pearson (22-14, 1NC) defeated Mizuto Hirota (19-9-2) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Hirota.
4. Flyweight: Jussier Formiga (21-5) defeated Ben Nguyen (17-7) via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:43 of Round 3.
5. Featherweight: Alexander Volkanovski (17-1) defeated Jeremy Kennedy (11-1) via TKO at 4:57 of Round 2.
6. Middleweight: Israel Adesanya (12-0) defeated Rob Wilkinson (11-2) via TKO at 3:47 of Round 2.
7. Lightweight: Dong Hyun Kim (16-8-3) defeated Damien Brown (17-12) via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28). We scored it 30-27 Brown.
8. Light Heavyweight: Tyson Pedro (7-1) defeated Saparbek Safarov (8-2) via Tapout (Kimura) at 3:54 of Round 1.
9. Welterweight: Jake Matthews (13-3) defeated Li Jingliang (14-5) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/30-26/30-26). We scored it 29-28 Matthews.
10. Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa (9-0) defeated Cyril Asker (9-4) via TKO at 2:18 of Round 1.
11. Heavyweight: Curtis Blaydes (9-1, 1NC) defeated Mark Hunt (13-12-1,1NC) via Unanimous Decision (30-26/30-26/29-27). We scored it 29-28 Blaydes.
12. Interim Middleweight Title: Yoel Romero (13-2) defeated Luke Rockhold (16-4) via KO at 1:48 of Round 3.
Submission of the Night: Tyson Pedro
Knockout of the Night: Yoel Romero
Fight of the Night: Jussier Formiga vs Ben Nguyen