While a title fight is set to go down in the night’s main event, UFC 221 will not be getting the middleweight war fight fans initially expected. UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was initially locked in to defend his title from former champion Luke Rockhold.
However, Whittaker was pulled from the event after suffering a staph infection. As a result, Whittaker is now set to face off against tough contender Yoel Romero in the night’s headliner.
The two mixed martial arts warriors will battle it out for the UFC interim middleweight title. UFC 221 will be available live on pay-per-view, as the event takes place inside the Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia on Feb. 10.
For a complete look at the night’s event, check out the information below:
UFC 221 Main Card (PPV; 10 pm ET):
Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold
Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes
Tai Tuivasa vs. Cyril Asker
Jake Matthews vs. Li Jingliang
Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov
UFC 221 Preliminary Card (FS1; 8 pm ET):
Damien Brown vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Rob Wilkinson vs. Israel Adesanya
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy
Ben Nguyen vs. Jussier Formiga
UFC 221 Fight Pass Prelims (6:30 pm; UFC Fight Pass):
Ross Pearson vs. Mizuto Hirota
Teruto Ishihara vs. Jose Quinonez
Luke Jumeau vs. Daichi Abe