This PPV is possibly the weirdest one we will see all year. First of all, on paper the card is very weak. The main event is the only match that has much attraction to it. Besides the main event, this would be classified as a Fight Night show instead of a PPV. Secondly, the PPV is held in Perth. Now, that’s totally fine, but the odd part about it is that the event was made to accommodate American time zones. The early prelims kicked off at 7:30 AM, and the show ended at 1PM. From a business standpoint this totally makes sense, but it still feels a little odd. Anyways, I can’t really give too much more of an introduction to this show, so let’s just get started:
- Luke Jumeau vs. Daichi Abe (Welterweight)
The first fight on the Fight Pass Early Prelims was Daichi Abe versus Luke Jumeau. The first of two Welterweight bouts tonight. Abe marched to the tune of The Pirates of the Caribbean theme. In the third round, the ref paused the fight due to an eye pokage. Jumeau’s eye was looking very ugly, but they were able to fix it up and let him finish the fight. By the end of the third round, it looked like Abe was barely hanging in. The fight went the distance. Luke Jumeau took home the win with a Unanimous Decision of: 29-28, 29-27, 28-27.
- José Alberto Quiñónez vs. Teruto Ishihara (Bantamweight)
The second fight, just like the first went the distance. The winner of this bout was José Alberto Quiñónez, via unanimous decision. The score was 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
- Ross Pearson vs. Mizuto Hirota (Lightweight)
The final early-prelim fight came from the Lightweight division. Ross Pearson faced Japan’s Mizuto Hirota. In the second round, Pearson got a cut on his nose. Hirota started swinging away. The third fight in a row goes to decision. 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 to Ross Pearson to give him his 12th UFC victory.
- Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen (Flyweight)
Switching the channel to FS1, we have the first of four early prelim fights. In the Flyweight division, Jussier Formiga fought Ben Nguyen. In the second round, Formiga started to bleed. Near the end of the second round, Nguyen took a paw to the eye. He got checked out by a doctor, but the fight continued. Halfway through round three, Formiga locked in a Rear Naked Choke for the win.
- Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alexander Volkanovski (Featherweight)
From the Featherweight division, Jeremy Kennedy faced Alexander Volkanovski. Kennedy, the Canadian, was faced with boos from the Australian crowd. In the second round, Volkanovski was absolutely raining in strikes, with no responses. With under 10 seconds left in the second round, the ref ended it via TKO.
- Rob Wilkinson vs. Israel Adesanya (Middleweight)
Rob Wilkinson faces the undefeated, new to the UFC, Israel Adesanya. In his UFC debut, Israel improved his record to 12-0. The fight ended in the second round, when Israel finished off a bloodied Wilkinson via TKO. Adesanya was very charismatic in the post fight interview, even shouting out his post-fight party at the Brisbane Hotel.
- Damien Brown vs. Dong Hyun Kim (Lightweight)
The main event for the prelims on FS1 was Damien Brown versus Dong Hyun Kim. This became the fourth bout tonight to go to decision. The judged gave it a split decision, scoring it 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 in favour of Dong Hyun Kim.
- Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov (Light Heavyweight)
The first bout on the PPV-part of UFC 221, is Pedro versus Safarov in the Light Heavyweight division. In the first round, Tyson Pedro locked in a Kimura to win the fight. The lead up to the finish of the match was well executed by Pedro.
- Jake Matthews vs. Li Jingliang (Welterweight)
The second fight in the PPV card is Matthews versus Jingliang in the Welterweight division. A unanimous decision 29-28, 30-26, 30-26 gave Jake Matthews the win.
- Tai Tuivasa vs. Cyril Asker (Heavyweight)
After that was two Heavyweight matches back-to-back. First of the two was Tuivasa versus Asker. In the first round, Tuivasa swung for the fences against Asker until the ref ended it via TKO.
- Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes (Heavyweight)
The first of the two co-main event fights, Mark Hunt versus Curtis Blaydes was the 11th match on the card. This match went the distance after quite the battle. Curtis Blaydes was given a warm reaction of boos after it was announced that he won via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27).
- Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold (Interim Middleweight Title)
It is time for the main event of the evening. Luke Rockhold takes on Yoel Romero for a Interim Middleweight Title. The fight made it to the third round, where Romero knocked down Rockhold with a left. He ended it very shortly after.
Yoel Romero is your interim Middleweight champion.