UFC 221 in Perth, Australia is next weekend and here are our predictions for that card. As always, the shadowed fighter is the fighter that we predict to lose their fight.
Yoel Romero vs Luke Rockhold: There is something about Yoel Romero that we can´t deny and that is his athleticism, his wrestling and last but not least he has a great fight IQ. Luke Rockhold is a great fighter but we think the soldier of god will knock him out in the second round of the fight.
Our Predictions: Yoel Romero via 2nd round KO
Mark Hunt vs Curtis Blaydes: We were very tempted to put the W on Blaydes. He has only lost once and that was his first fight in the UFC against Francis Ngannou. Francis Ngannou is a powerhouse and he was unlucky to have his first meeting in the Octagon against Ngannou that nobody knew anything about at that time. after that, he has 3 wins and one no-contest against average fighters in the heavyweight division. But this is his opportunity to shine and we honestly hope that he takes it. On the other hand, Mark Hunt know how to win, he is an experienced fighter as he showed in his last fight against Derrick Lewis that everyone thought that would destroy Mark Hunt. Mark Hunt is as tough as they get.
Our Predictions: Mark Hunt wins via 3 round KO.
Tai Tuivasa vs Cyril Asker:
This fight is the least exciting fight of the main card. And if we would be in the charge of the bout orders on the card we would switch this fight from the main card and get Jussier Formiga vs Ben Nguyen to the main card. Tuivasa is undefeated with a single fight in the UFC, first round KO over Rashad Coulter. Cyril Asker has four fights in the UFC with the form of L-W-L-W that means that if he wins the last fight he should lose the next. We think that is exactly what is going to happen. Both his losses in the UFC is after a first round KO. We are sure that this will be the outcome here.
Our predictions: Tai Tuivasa wins via 1st round KO
Jake Matthews vs Li Jingliang
Jake Matthews is 23 years old and has already 9 fights in the UFC. We have been watching him since he first got into the UFC 4 years ago as a 19-year-old kid from Australia. He has proved that he is a very good fighter and has only lost to fighters that have become a real force in the UFC like James Vick and Kevin Lee. We believe that he has learnt from his losses. Li Jingliang has defeated all his opponents in the UFC so far against below average fighters in the UFC. Jake Matthews is more than he can handle.
Our Predictions: Jake Matthews wins via unanimous decision.
Tyson Pedro vs Saparbek Safarov
Both fighters are coming out of a loss in their last fights. Tyson Pedro lost against Ilir Latifi on UFC215 and Saparbek Safarov lost his debut against Gian Villante at UFC Albany. Before that loss, Safarov was undefeated in his career and had won 7 of them via first-round stoppage. We can´t see this fight go to the decision.
Our Prediction: Tyson Pedro wins via 2nd round KO
Damien Brown wins Dong Hyun Kim via decision
Israel Adesanya wins Rob Wilkinson via 1 round KO
Jeremy Kennedy wins Alexander Volkanovski via Dec (Fight of the night)
Ben Nguyen wins Jussier Formiga via decision
Ross Pearson wins Mizuto Hirota via decision
Teruto Ishihara wins Jose Quinonez via decision
Daichi Abe wins Luke Jumeau via decision