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Western Australia gets its first octagon visit


Western Australia gets its first octagon visit when the Interim Middleweight Championship is on the line. Luke Rockhold looks to reclaim UFC gold against the always game Yoel Romero. Also, the ANZ’s own Mark Hunt looks to demolish the momentum that Curtis Blaydes has Built up. Perth get ready for a vicious night.

Tyson Pedro (-280) Vs. Saparbek Safarov (+240)

Light Heavyweight is a very thin division at the moment and Tyson Pedro is a very exciting prospect in a division in which needs to build up a stock of fighters. Tyson Pedro’s rise seemed to come a bit too quickly however as he was derailed by Ilir Latifi in September. However, his performances against Paul Craig and Khalil Rountree were very impressive and I feel that Saparbek Safarov will have his hands full. Safarov stepped in to face Gian Villante in late 2016 and was defeated by TKO. Safarov is a Dagestani and they have an incredible fighting lineage so I wouldn’t count out a Safarov victory, But if I had to pick I’d choose Pedro to win. Tyson Pedro Def. Saparbek Safarov

Li Jingliang (-145) Vs. Jake Matthews (+125)

Matthews will certainly need to be at his brightest to take the victory over Li Jingliang. Jingliang Jingliang has a 5-2 record in the UFC and has won 4 in a row over the likes of Zak Ottow, Frank Camacho, Bobby Nash and Anton Zafir. Matthews, a former Lightweight takes his second fight in the UFC at Welterweight. In his last 3, he has been in 2 split-decision fights and got the brakes beaten off of him by Kevin Lee. I think Jingliang’s momentum and strict training regiment will be enough to defeat the Australian Matthews. Li Jingliang Def. Jake Matthews

Tai Tuivasa (-285) Vs. Cyril Asker (+245)

Tai Tuivasa looks to follow up his performance of the night victory back in November by beating the life out of the Frenchman Cyril Asker. Asker, who’s been in the UFC since 2016 hasn’t had a fight that went the distance in the octagon and is a massive underdog against the native Australian in Tuivasa. Overall, I believe that Tai’s underrated athleticism, stemming from his rugby days, will be able to overpower Asker and be able to finish him, sometime in round 2. Tai Tuivasa Def. Jake Matthews

Mark Hunt (+142) Vs. Curtis Blaydes (-162)

The All American Wrestler Curtis Blaydes is taking a massive step up in competition when he travel’s to Perth and takes on the ANZ’s favorite son in Mark Hunt. When we last saw Mark Hunt, he defeated Derrick Lewis in Auckland back in June, When we last HEARD Mark Hunt, he was cursing out the UFC and Dana White for pulling him from his fight at UFC Sydney against Marcin Tybura (That was vintage Mark Hunt entertainment). Anyways, Blaydes is 9-1 with his only loss coming via Doctor Stoppage against Boxing One-Trick Francis Ngannou. I was going to give Hunt the decision in this fight originally, but after hearing what Brendan Schaub said about the fight and how Blaydes trainers speak so highly of him swayed me to pick Blaydes in this fight. Surprisingly, I believe this fight goes the distance. Curtis Blaydes Def. Mark Hunt.  

Luke Rockhold (-133) Vs. Yoel Romero (+153)

Luke Rockhold was supposed to be taking on current Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker in this fight, but Whittaker had a scary problem with a Staph Infection and needed to pull out to save his own life. Yoel Romero happily jumped in to take on Rockhold and once again try to obtain what he failed to obtain midway through 2017. The problem with this fight for Romero is the fact that Rockhold won’t shoot to takedown Yoel the way that Tim Kennedy or Chris Weidman does and it highlights a massive advantage Rockhold has. Luke Rockhold currently trains at both AKA and Hard Knocks 365, while Yoel has his own camp at ATT – Miami. I believe that the rigorous training that takes place at AKA coupled with the striking pedigree that Henri Hooft provides at HK365. I have Rockhold winning via somewhat competitive decision. Luke Rockhold Def. Yoel Romero

Other Selections

Dong Hyun Kim (UNL) Def. Damien Brown (+115)

Israel Adesanya (-360) Def Robert Wilkinson (+295)

Alexander Volkanovski (-210) Def. Jeremy Kennedy (+180)

Ben Nguyen (+100) Def. Jussier Formiga (-120)

Mizuto Hirota (+125) Def. Ross Pearson (-145)

Teruto Ishihara (-135) Def. Jose Quinonez (+155)

Daichi Abe (-145) Def. Luke Jumeau (+125)

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