The UFC has decided to head back to Australia for UFC 221. To be honest, this card is about as exciting as receiving socks for Christmas. Other than the main event, there’s not a lot to get amped about, but here’s my take on the fights worth watching:
Fight card level: Don’t watch
Overall record: 38-24
Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes
In this one, Hunt finds himself against an extremely dangerous opponent.
Blaydes is on his way up in the division, while Hunt is fighting off retirement. A win here would solidify himself in the division, but it won’t be easy. Blaydes will be looking to use Hunt as a stepping stone to greater things. He has the talent to be a star in the division and could contend for a title, soon.
I expect this fight to remain standing. Both fighters have serious knock out power and I don’t expect this fight to reach the third round. Someone will get caught and I think it will be Hunt who eats the finishing blow.
Blaydes by TKO
Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold
Despite this card being brutal, this fight has some serious implications. Rockhold, who I think is the best fighter in his division, will be looking to win this one to get himself a shot at the belt. For Romero, a win here would also set him up nicely for another shot at the belt.
In this fight, Romero will need to conserve his energy. He has been known to gas out in fights and Rockhold is not a guy that you want to fight tired. Rockhold has the more well-rounded game, but Romero has the more dangerous power. Romero will need to hurt Rockhold early and often. Meanwhile, Rockhold will be looking to wear Romero out and finish this one in impressive fashion.
Rockhold by TKO