By: Garrett Evert

 

UFC 221 Results

 

Romero def. Rockhold by KO at 1:48 of Round Three

Blaydes def. Hunt by unanimous decision

Tuivasa def. Asker by TKO at 2:18 of Round One

Matthews def. Jingliang by unanimous decision

Pedro def. Safarov by submission (kimura) at 3:54 of Round One

Hyun Kim def. Brown by split decision

Adesanya def. Wilkinson by TKO at 3:32 of Round Two

Volkanovski def. Kennedy by TKO at 4:57 of Round Two

Formiga def. Nguyen by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:43 of Round Three

Pearson def. Hirota by unanimous decision

Quinonez def. Ishihara by unanimous decision

Jumeau def. Abe by unanimous decision

 

Main Takeaways  

Yoel Romero did not make weight prior to his fight on Saturday night in Perth, Australia.  Weighing in at 188lbs he was given two hours to make weight (which is 185). After the two hours he weighed in at 187.7lbs, therefore he could not win the interim Middleweight title even with a win against Luke Rockhold, and win he did. In what started off as a slower paced main event in the main card for UFC 221, it surely did not end that way. The first round was more of a feel out round for both fighters to get comfortable. The second round consist of several good shots on both sides and a few take down attempts. The third round was fairly even until roughly a minute and half in. Within the blink of an eye Romero landed a head shot to drop Rockhold, and with his rams lowered and his back against the cage, Romero swung full force and connected to Rockhold’s chin, nap time. In an absolute stunner, Romero rocked Rockhold.

 

Curtis Blaydes is a very scary human being. Stepping into the octagon against the 5th ranked heavyweight in Mark Hunt, Blaydes showed no remorse. In a beating of unparalleled proportion, Blaydes was able to draw a unanimous decision win. He may not have been able to end the fight via stoppage but there is no doubt in my mind that this man should be a top 5 heavyweight after this fight.

 

When a UFC heavyweight falls asleep at night, what do they dream about? I don’t know, but I know what their nightmares consist of, a man by the name of Tai Tuivasa. Saturday night a brutal slaughter took place, Tuivasa OBLITERATED Cyril Asker. With heavy hands and elbow shots to the head it only took Tuivasa 2:18 in the first round to end Asker. Tuivasa is now 7-0 with seven first round knockouts. I promise your eyes aren’t failing you, you read that correctly, seven first round knockouts!

 

In the undercard, a rookie by the name of Israel Adesanya improved to an overall record of 12-0 in MMA fights (1-0 in UFC). Coming into the UFC right now as a middleweight is no easy task. In a weight class that’s stacked with raw talent, this young beast walked in liked he owned the place, and Saturday night, he did own it.  After dominating Rob Wilkinson in the second round, Adesanya was able to knock him out with a flurry of punches, kicks, and deadly knees. “I see you guys creeping on my Instagram,” Adesanya said. “I know you guys act like you don’t know me, but you know who I am now.” After the fight when he was asked who he wanted to fight next, he responded with, “Middleweights, I’m the new dog in the yard, and I just pissed all over the cage”.

 

What’s Next?  

Sunday February 18th, 2018 is UFC Fight Night 126. Cowboy vs Medeiros.

 

My Pick 

Cowboy wins by unanimous decision