Just one important UFC card in February and it’s Saturday night from Perth Arena in Australia (struggle is Sunday Down Under) as Luke Rockhold takes on fill-in challenger Yoel Romero for the interim middleweight belt. It’s the only name fight on the card. Per usual, the principal card will begin at 10 p.m. ET and on pay-per-view. The prelims are on Fox Sports 1. Here’s a peek at the principal fights. The UFC made its introduction in Australia with UFC 110 in February 2010. The organization’s very first card in Western Australia, will be its 12th in the country. Let us take a look the top UFC 221 betting odds for this particular Saturday. UFC 221 Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions UFC 221 Betting Odds: Rockhold (+135) / Romero (-160) The Cuban Romero is your No. 1 contender in the middleweight division and also the American Rockhold the No. 2. Rockhold is -140 at Mybookie.ag with Romero at +120 and also an over/under of 1.5 rounds. So who is the winner? Australian Robert Whittaker, but he had been forced to pull out against Rockhold due to injury — the main reason the card is in Australia was because of Whittaker. “I have gone into many struggles hurt,” Whittaker said this week. “I went into the Yoel Romero fight with a torn MCL, I moved into multiple conflicts with broken hands, and that is never deterred me. And through my homework and also my camp, I did my hamstring — I did blow off my hamstring out — but I was ready to work around it. We just worked around it, threw it on the wall, no volatile type of stuff, and then I got an abscess disease. That absolutely knocked me from the park.” While he was formerly able to train his hamstring injury, the infection ended up departing”The Reaper” bedridden for many weeks, and Whittaker believes the weakening of his immune system may have resulted in his consequent battle with chickenpox too. Chickenpox in adults can be very severe, even deadly. When Was the Last Time Robert Whittaker Fought? Whittaker last fought in July, beating Romero by unanimous decision. He has not faced Rockhold. Georges St-Pierre won the middleweight title last year over Michael Bisping at UFC 217 but vacated it since he couldn’t defend it in because time due to his own health concerns. Whittaker then won the interim belt Romero. A former UFC champion, Rockhold is coming off a TKO win over David Branch in September. Rockhold lost his name to Bisping at UFC 199 at June 2016. Concerning striking differential (the difference between significant strikes acquired per second and significant strikes consumed per second ) Rockhold includes a substantial edge over Romero. His striking differential from the UFC is plus-2.50, while Romero’s is currently plus-0.77. But during his UFC career, Romero has scored six knockdowns in a speed of 0.78 knockdown per 15 minutes. Rockhold only includes two knockdowns through eight-career UFC fights. Additionally, he’s been on the receiving end of three knockdowns. Mark Hunt (13-11) vs. Curtis Blaydes (8-1) UFC 221 Betting Odds: Hunt (+135) / Blaydes (-160) It’s a heavyweight bout with New Zealand’s Hunt ranked No. 5 at the division and Blaydes No. 9. But, Blaydes is a -160 favorite and Hunt +135. Hunt was recently cleared to return to competition. Citing”medical concerns,” Hunt was pulled out of November’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner at Sydney, a decision had been made after Hunt admitted to memory loss and slurred speech in a piece he wrote for PlayersVoice.com.au titled,”If I perish fighting, that’s fine.” Hunt, already with a single litigation against the UFC, jeopardized another in the aftermath of the advertising’s choice to pull him from UFC Sydney. He predicted UFC President Dana White a”bald-headed prick” in a scathing Instagram post. Hunt claimed this suspension was punishment for its civil lawsuit he filed against the business, White and Brock Lesnar regarding Lesnar’s failed test at UFC 200. Hunt’s last fight took place in May in UFC Fight Night 110, where he defeated Derrick Lewis through TKO in a slugfest”Fight of the evening .” After enduring a TKO loss to top contender Francis Ngannou in his promotional introduction, Blaydes, a 26-year-old former collegiate wrestler, has won four consecutive fights. Three of those wins — over Cody East, Adam Milstead and Oleksiy Oliynyk — came via knockout. Blaydes has completed seven of his eight career wins by knockout or technical knockout. Read more: montanayouthrugby.org