UFC Fight Night 125 wrapped up in Brazil in great fashion, with Lyoto Machida being named the victor by decision in his main event fight versus Eryk Anders. Next up is UFC 221 live on pay-per-view, on Saturday February 10th at 10pm, in the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia. The main card is stacked, and the main event is an interim middleweight title fight between Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold. Yoel is the #1 ranked contender in the middleweight and Luke is the #2 ranked. Here is a break down of all five fights on the main card.
Pedro vs. Safarov
The first fight on the main card is a light heavyweight bout between #13 ranked Tyson Pedro and Saparbek Safarov. Pedro comes into the fight at a height of 75 inches with a reach of 79 inches. Pedro has a professional fighting record of 6-1-0. In his last five fights, Pedro is 4-1-0. His only loss was his last fight which came by unanimous decision. In his four wins, Pedro won once by TKO and three times by submission. Safarov comes into the fight at a height of 73 inches, with a reach of 78 inches. Safarov has a professional fighting record of 8-1-0. In his last five fights, Safarov is 4-1-0. Safarov’s four wins came three times by TKO and once by submission. His only loss and most recent fight came by TKO. I am pumped for this fight; both fighters are fresh faces and have nothing to lose. I am going with Tyson Pedro as the winner by submission, because he has great takedown mechanics and his ground game is superior to Safarov’s defense.
Matthews vs. Jingliang
The second fight of the night is a welterweight fight between Jake “The Celtic Kid” Matthews and Li “The Leech” Jingliang. Matthews comes into this fight with a height of 71 inches and a reach of 73 inches. In 14 professional fights, Matthews is 11-3-0. In his last five fights, he is 3-2-0, with one win coming by split decision, one by submission and one by TKO. His two losses came by TKO and split decision. Jingliang enters the fight at a height of 72 inches with a 71-inch reach. Jingliang has a professional fighting record of 14-4-0. In his last five fights, he is 4-1-0 with four wins coming twice by KO, once by TKO and once by unanimous decision. Jingliang’s one loss came via technical decision. This fight is a tough one and could go either way, but I am going with Jingliang as the victor by way of TKO/KO.
Tuivasa vs. Asker
The next fight of the night is a heavyweight bout between Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa and Cyril “Silverback” Asker. Tuivasa comes into the fight with a height of 74 inches and a reach of 75 inches. Tuivasa has a professional fighting record of 6-0-0. Tuivasa is undefeated in his professional career with two wins by KO and four wins by TKO. Asker comes into the fight with a height of 72 inches and a reach of 74 inches. Asker has a professional fighting record of 9-3-0. In his last five fights, he is 3-2-0 with two wins by submission, one win by TKO, one loss by TKO and one loss by KO. My prediction for this fight is that Tuivasa will win this fight by TKO because he is a very good pound for pound guy and is a better boxer than Asker.
Hunt vs. Blaydes
In the fourth fight of the night, #5 ranked Mark “Super Somoan” Hunt takes on #9 ranked Curtis “Razor” Blaydes in a heavyweight fight. Hunt comes into this fight at a height of 70 inches with a reach of 72 inches. Hunt has a professional record of 13-1-1, 1 NC. In his last five fights, he is 3-1-0, 1 NC. His wins came twice via TKO and once via KO. His one loss came by TKO and he has a no contest against Brock Lesnar. Blaydes come into this fight with a height of 76 inches with an 80-inch reach. Blaydes has a professional record of 8-1-0, 1 NC. In his last five fights, he is 3-1-0, 1 NC. His three wins came twice by TKO and once by unanimous decision. His loss came by TKO and his no contest came in a fight against Adam Milstead. Although Hunt is ranked a little higher than Blaydes, my prediction for this fight is that Blaydes will win by decision.
Romero vs. Rockhold
The main event of the evening is an interim middleweight title fight between #1 ranked Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero and #2 ranked Luke Rockhold. Romero comes into this fight with a professional record of 12-2-0. In his last five fights, Romero is 4-1-0. In these five fights, he has two wins by KO, one by TKO and one by split decision. His one loss came via unanimous decision. Rockhold has a professional record of 16-3-0. In his last five fights, he is 4-1-0 with two wins by TKO, two wins by submission and one loss by KO. This is going to be an awesome fight, not only is it a title fight, but these two are great pound for pound fighters. This is another tough pick but my prediction is that Romero will beat Rockhold by decision.