Luke Rockhold can become the interim UFC Middleweight Champion with a win on Saturday, but the same can’t be said for Yoel Romero. During the UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold weigh-ins on Friday, Romero failed to meet the 185-pound limit and thus cannot become the interim champ even if he beats Rockhold.
There’s still plenty on the line for both, though. Romero lost in his last outing, to the official champion, and he can’t afford another loss at this point.
UFC Fight Pass will live stream the prelims for the card, which is being held at Perth Arena in Australia. Those will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and will end at 8 p.m., when Fox Sports 1 televises more prelims. At 10 p.m., the pay-per-view main card will begin. There are live streaming options at UFC Fight Pass, Fox Sports Go, UFC.TV and the UFC YouTube channel, among others.
Romero’s loss was to Robert Whittaker, the once-interim champion who became the undisputed champion when Georges St-Pierre vacated the title. Whittaker was initially set to face Rockhold, but had an injury, setting up this interim bout.
Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes will be in a heavyweight contest in the penultimate fight. Hunt is always fun to watch, but the heavyweight contest between the more unknown Tai Tuivasa and Cyril Asker right before that should have fireworks. Both fighters are lacking in experience, but most of their fights end by knockout or submission. Tuivasa has won every single one of his fights by knockout.
Below, you can find all the streaming and viewing information you need as well as the full official UFC 221 fight card.
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How to watch UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold
Time: Prelims 1 at 6:30 p.m.; prelims 2 at 8 p.m.; main card at 10 p.m.
Location: Perth Arena, Perth, Australia
TV: FS1, Pay-per-view
UFC 221 Full Fight Card
PPV Main Card (10 p.m.)
Middleweight: Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold
Heavyweight: Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes
Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa vs. Cyril Asker
Welterweight: Jake Matthews vs. Li Jingliang
Light Heavyweight: Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov
FS1 Preliminary Card (8 p.m.)
Lightweight: Damien Brown vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Middleweight: Rob Wilkinson vs. Israel Adesanya
Featherweight: Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alexander Volkanovski
Flyweight: Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen
Fight Pass Preliminary Card (6:30 p.m.)
Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Mizuto Hirota
Bantamweight: Teruto Ishihara vs. José Alberto Quiñónez
Welterweight: Luke Kumeau vs. Daichi Abe