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Shoe-beer drinker Tai Tuivasa really, really thinks he deserved $50,000 bonus

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The current state of the heavyweight weight class? “F*ck, this division is boring.”

That’s the summary from Tai Tuivasa – the hard-hitting, shoe-beer-drinking, again-winning UFC heavyweight who picked up his latest victory on Saturday at UFC 221.

“There are heavyweights fighting for like three rounds,” the 24-year-old said. “I think it’s boring as sh*t. Like, what happened to the days of going out there and giving what the people want to see, and that’s some blood and the rest of it?

“I suppose everyone doesn’t want to get a (loss) on their record, but I really don’t care. I want to go out there and put a show on for the fans.”

And that he did. On UFC 221’s pay-per-view main card at Perth Arena in Australia, Tuivasa (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) delivered a one-sided beatdown to fellow heavyweight Cyril Asker (9-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC). Tuivasa then drank a post-fight beer – from a fan’s show – and then got to the real point he wanted to make in his post-event interview: that the heavyweight division needs exciting fighters such as himself.

RelatedUFC 221 results: Tai Tuivasa destroys Cyril Asker with first-round TKO

“I don’t know if it’s (a matter of) no more steroids around. I don’t know,” he said. “But I’m not afraid to throw down. I’m definitely not afraid to lose. I think you’re in the wrong sport (if you are). You win some; you lose some.

“I just want to keep getting paid. This time I didn’t.”

Was he surprised Asker – whom he called “a tough dude, real tough dude – was able to take so many shots?

“Surprised I didn’t get the 50K,” said Tuivasa, referring to his lack of a $50,000 UFC 221 fight-night bonus.

If not for the first-round TKO win, Tuivasa said he deserved a bonus simply for his cageside beer chug.

“I should’ve got ($50,000) just for the ‘shoey,'” he said.

RelatedHow do you celebrate a win at UFC 221? If you're Tai Tuivasa, you chug beer out of a shoe

He planned to talk to UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard about it.

“Micky, come on, bro. What’s the goes? I should’ve got it, I reckon,” he said. “What more do you want us to do?”

Tuivasa, who turned to MMA in 2012 after playing professional rugby, argued that fellow main-card winner and fellow Aussie Tyson Pedro, who submitted Saparbek Safarov with a kimura, also deserved some bonus consideration.

“You know, we say what we’re going to do when we got out there,” he said. “I think we both should’ve got ‘Performance of the Night.’ I think everyone I know thought we should have got ‘Performance of the Night.’

“(Pedro) nearly ripped someone’s bloody arm off, and I elbowed (Asker) back to France – and (we got) f*cking nothing. Know what I mean? Now I have to go home and cry all night.”

Well, not straight home. He said he planned to continue celebrating with an after-party. After that, he’s open to everything. He dismissed rumors of a post-fight confrontation with fellow heavyweight Curtis Blaydes, who beat Tuivasa’s teammate Mark Hunt in the co-headliner, and simply suggested their paths may cross at some point in the future.

“Bro, I really don’t care,” he said. “We’re going to fight. Everyone is going to run into each other. As long as I prepare myself, I’m going to rock up and fight. It doesn’t matter who. I’ll see everyone.”

Any final words?

“Someone give me 50K,” he said. “Thank you.”

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Shoe-beer drinker Tai Tuivasa really, really thinks he deserved $50,000 bonus

February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Tai Tuivasa fights Cyril Asker during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Tai Tuivasa fights Cyril Asker during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Cyril Asker lands a hit against Tai Tuivasa during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Tai Tuivasa lands an elbow against Cyril Asker during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Cyril Asker defends against Tai Tuivasa during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Cyril Asker defends against Tai Tuivasa during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Tai Tuivasa lands a hit against Cyril Asker during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Tai Tuivasa lands a hit against Cyril Asker during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Tai Tuivasa fights Cyril Asker during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/RBJm8KwvhcnLRqzjicjM7W/302385", customAnalytics: true, title: "Tuivasa def. Asker", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

The current state of the heavyweight weight class? “F*ck, this division is boring.”

That’s the summary from Tai Tuivasa – the hard-hitting, shoe-beer-drinking, again-winning UFC heavyweight who picked up his latest victory on Saturday at UFC 221.

“There are heavyweights fighting for like three rounds,” the 24-year-old said. “I think it’s boring as sh*t. Like, what happened to the days of going out there and giving what the people want to see, and that’s some blood and the rest of it?

“I suppose everyone doesn’t want to get a (loss) on their record, but I really don’t care. I want to go out there and put a show on for the fans.”

And that he did. On UFC 221’s pay-per-view main card at Perth Arena in Australia, Tuivasa (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) delivered a one-sided beatdown to fellow heavyweight Cyril Asker (9-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC). Tuivasa then drank a post-fight beer – from a fan’s show – and then got to the real point he wanted to make in his post-event interview: that the heavyweight division needs exciting fighters such as himself.

RelatedUFC 221 results: Tai Tuivasa destroys Cyril Asker with first-round TKO

“I don’t know if it’s (a matter of) no more steroids around. I don’t know,” he said. “But I’m not afraid to throw down. I’m definitely not afraid to lose. I think you’re in the wrong sport (if you are). You win some; you lose some.

“I just want to keep getting paid. This time I didn’t.”

Was he surprised Asker – whom he called “a tough dude, real tough dude – was able to take so many shots?

“Surprised I didn’t get the 50K,” said Tuivasa, referring to his lack of a $50,000 UFC 221 fight-night bonus.

If not for the first-round TKO win, Tuivasa said he deserved a bonus simply for his cageside beer chug.

“I should’ve got ($50,000) just for the ‘shoey,'” he said.

RelatedHow do you celebrate a win at UFC 221? If you're Tai Tuivasa, you chug beer out of a shoe

He planned to talk to UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard about it.

“Micky, come on, bro. What’s the goes? I should’ve got it, I reckon,” he said. “What more do you want us to do?”

Tuivasa, who turned to MMA in 2012 after playing professional rugby, argued that fellow main-card winner and fellow Aussie Tyson Pedro, who submitted Saparbek Safarov with a kimura, also deserved some bonus consideration.

“You know, we say what we’re going to do when we got out there,” he said. “I think we both should’ve got ‘Performance of the Night.’ I think everyone I know thought we should have got ‘Performance of the Night.’

“(Pedro) nearly ripped someone’s bloody arm off, and I elbowed (Asker) back to France – and (we got) f*cking nothing. Know what I mean? Now I have to go home and cry all night.”

Well, not straight home. He said he planned to continue celebrating with an after-party. After that, he’s open to everything. He dismissed rumors of a post-fight confrontation with fellow heavyweight Curtis Blaydes, who beat Tuivasa’s teammate Mark Hunt in the co-headliner, and simply suggested their paths may cross at some point in the future.

“Bro, I really don’t care,” he said. “We’re going to fight. Everyone is going to run into each other. As long as I prepare myself, I’m going to rock up and fight. It doesn’t matter who. I’ll see everyone.”

Any final words?

“Someone give me 50K,” he said. “Thank you.”

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC 221 video highlights: Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen – with a brutal ending

Jussier Formiga’s title hopes got a major boost with a brutal ending to his bout at Saturday’s UFC 221 event.

Formiga (21-5 MMA, 8-4 UFC), who’s No. 7 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, took out No. 3-ranked Nguyen (18-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC).

The preliminary-card bout, which aired on FS1 prior to the pay-per-view main card at Perth Arena in Australia, ended when Formiga countered a kick with a spinning backfist and then choked out his dazed opponent with a third-round rear-naked choke.

Here’s another look at the pivotal blow, which earned “Performance of the Night” honors (via Twitter):

FORMIGA!!@JussierFormiga drops Nguyen w/ a spinning back fist, then locks in the RNC and puts him to sleep!

Big win for the Brazilian! #UFC221 pic.twitter.com/iiJmkYIaJd

— UFC (@ufc) February 11, 2018

Formiga, who’s now on a 3-1 run, is one of the few flyweight contenders who hasn’t fought dominant 125-pound champ Demetrious Johnson. However, he helped his chances with his latest victory.

Check out the full highlights above.

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For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC 221 winner Curtis Blaydes wants top-5 opponent in Chicago – and spot in UFC video game

Curtis Blaydes fought in enemy territory at UFC 221. Now he wants the chance to flip the script.

Blaydes (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) defeated Mark Hunt (13-12-1 MMA, 8-6-1 UFC) on his home turf with a unanimous-decision win in Saturday’s heavyweight co-headliner at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, Australia. The bout aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The victory marked Blaydes’ breakthrough moment in terms of joining the conversation of future heavyweight title contenders. He said a top-ranked opponent in the weight class should be next – ideally at UFC 225 on June 9, which takes place in his backyard at United Center in Chicago.

RelatedTwitter reacts to Curtis Blaydes' breakthrough victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 221

“(I want) anyone in the top-five,” Blaydes told reporters at UFC 221’s post-fight news conference. “Cain (Velasquez), Alistair (Overeem), (Fabricio) Werdum. I won’t call anyone out – I haven’t earned that right. But I do want to get on that Chicago card. I feel like that’s what I want to ask for. I want to feel this. I want my fans screaming my name, booing my opponent.”

Blaydes managed to overcome some early adversity in the fight with Hunt. “The Super Samoan” landed some of his trademark power-punches and put Blaydes on wobbly legs. He managed to keep his composure, though, and implement a wrestling-heavy game plan for the clear-cut win.

“When he landed those heavy strikes he definitely rocked me,” Blaydes said. “My vision went black for like two seconds and then I knew, I heard my cornerman screaming, ‘Takedown!’ I knew I should get the takedown. That’s why he was able to get up so quickly. I wasn’t really in it. I got the takedown, and it gave me a bit of time to recovery. Then I figured out the range and knew where I had to be. From there I knew I had to continue to take him down. I was able to gas him out and get the ‘W.'”

RelatedUFC 221 attendance: Perth debut reportedly draws highest sporting gross in venue history

Although Blaydes made a request for the type of opponent he’d like to fight next, he also admitted he will take any fight offered. He said the performance against Hunt should get him some overdue respect, though, and that includes a spot in the newly released “EA UFC 3” video game.

“I hope I start getting the respect I deserve,” Blaydes. “I hope I get in the UFC video game. That feels like a big bummer. Like, how am I not in the game? Two of the guys I just beat. Mark Hunt and Aleksei Oleinik are both in the game and I’m not, so I feel like that’s a bit disrespectful. Hopefully that gets remedied.”

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 221 Athlete Outfitting pay: Yoel Romero's pay downgraded after missing weight

Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 221 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $171,000.

UFC 221 took place at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was Luke Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC), who received the $30,000 allotment given to those challenging for a title or fighting for a vacant or interim belt. With Yoel Romero missing weight at Friday’s official ceremony, he was no longer eligible to win the belt and also was not rewarded with that tier of compensation.

The full UFC 221 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Yoel Romero: $10,000
def. Luke Rockhold: $30,000

Curtis Blaydes: $5,000
def. Mark Hunt: $15,000

Tai Tuivasa: $3,500
def. Cyril Asker: $5,000

Jake Matthews: $5,000
def. Li Jingliang: $5,000

Tyson Pedro: $5,000
def. Saparbek Safarov: $3,500

”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim: $5,000
def. Damien Brown: $5,000

Israel Adesanya: $3,500
def. Rob Wilkinson: $3,500

Alex Volkanovski: $5,000
def. Jeremy Kennedy: $5,000

Jussier Formiga: $10,000
def. Ben Nguyen: $5,000

Ross Pearson: $20,000
def. Mizuto Hirota: $5,000

Jose Quinonez: $5,000
def. Teruto Ishihara: $5,000

Luke Jumeau: $3,500
def. Daichi Abe: $3,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-3 bouts receive $3,500 per appearance; 4-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2018 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $853,000
2017 total: $6,295,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $17,471,000

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 221, including a key return to form for Tyson Pedro

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC 221 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia went with as their backing tracks.

* * * *

Yoel Romero def. Luke Rockhold via knockout (punches) – Round 3, 1:48

Yoel Romero: “Soldado” by Juan Luis Guerra

Luke Rockhold: “The Rain” by DMX

Curtis Blaydes def. Mark Hunt via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)

Curtis Blaydes: “Encounter The Ultimate (Theme From Mortal Kombat)” by The Immortals

Mark Hunt: “Truth To Power” by OneRepublic

Tai Tuivasa def. Cyril Asker via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:18

Tai Tuivasa: “The Horses” by Daryl Braithwaite

Cyril Asker: “Devil In Me” by Purple Disco Machine feat. Joe Killington & Duane Harden

Jake Matthews def. Li Jingliang via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26)

Jake Matthews: “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue

Li Jingliang: “We Are Rising”

N/A

Tyson Pedro def. Saparbeg Safarov via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 3:54

Tyson Pedro: “Sexual” by NEIKED feat. Dyo

Saparbeg Safarov: “The Last of the Mohicans”

“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim def. Damien Brown via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim: “You and Me (Flume Remix)” by Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle

Damien Brown: “Bad Company” by Five Finger Death Punch

Israel Adesanya def. Rob Wilkinson via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:37

Israel Adesanya: “Juicy Booty” by Chris Brown

Rob Wilkinson: “Banana Brain” by Die Antwoord

Alex Volkanovski def. Jeremy Kennedy via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:57

Alex Volkanovski: “Game of Thrones (Violin Rock Cover)” by Jason Yang & Roger Lima

Jeremy Kennedy: “Jungle” by Andre Nickatina

Jussier Formiga def. Ben Nguyen via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 1:43

Jussier Formiga: “O Hino” by Fernandinho

Ben Nguyen: “Shocking Lemon” by Inner Light

Ross Pearson def. Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Ross Pearson: “Mi Gente” by J Balvin & Willy William

Mizuto Hirota: “Eat The Rich” by Aerosmith

Jose Quinonez def. Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Jose Quinonez: “Yo Soy Mexicano” by Jorge Negrete

Teruto Ishihara: “Lion No KO (Yashabo Version)” by Spinna B-ill

Luke Jumeau def. Daichi Abe via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-27)

Luke Jumeau: “Dreaming” by Scribe

Daichi Abe: “He’s A Pirate (Pirates of the Caribbean Theme)” by Klaus Badelt

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Luke Rockhold reacts to UFC 221 knockout loss: Yoel Romero 'made of steel'

Luke Rockhold chose to take the high road in the wake of his knockout loss to Yoel Romero in the UFC 221 main event.

Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) was unable to claim the interim UFC middleweight title on Saturday when he suffered a third-round knockout loss against Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) in the UFC 221 headliner, which took place at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, Australia and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The former 185-pound titleholder arguably held the upper hand in the bout before he was caught with a fight-ending series of strikes. It marked Rockhold’s second loss in his past three fights and leaves him in a precarious position going forward.

RelatedTwitter reacts to Yoel Romero's knockout of Luke Rockhold at UFC 221

Rockhold did not speak to the media following UFC 221, but he did take to social media to offer a brief statement which included praise for Romero (via Twitter):

Respect to Yoel that man is made of steel.

— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) February 11, 2018

Rockhold was originally schedule to fight Robert Whittaker for the undisputed title at UFC 221. “The Reaper” withdrew due to injury, though, and Romero stepped in. Romero missed weight for the fight, but according to UFC President Dana White, will still receive a title shot.

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 221 video highlights: Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold

Yoel Romero doesn’t get the honor of calling himself UFC interim champion, but he did deliver a highlight-reel finish in Australia.

Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) was patient against former champ Luke Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 221 event but ultimately delivered a brutal third-round knockout. The headlining bout aired live on pay-per-view from Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC 221 results: Yoel Romero KOs Luke Rockhold – but can't become interim 185 champion

After missing weight at Friday’s weigh-ins, Romero was not eligible to win the vacant interim middleweight title, but it doesn’t seem that it will matter. With the crushing knockout win, a rematch with current champ Robert Whittaker seems destined for the near future.

Check out the highlights of Romero’s win in the video above.

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For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 221 video highlights: Curtis Blaydes vs. Mark Hunt

The crowd in Australia didn’t necessarily love it, but Curtis Blaydes (10-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) utilized a smart gameplan to survive heavy hitter Mark Hunt (13-12-1 MMA, 8-6-1 UFC).

Hunt nearly scored a first-round knockout in the co-main event contest, whcih aired live on pay-per-view from Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, Australia. However, Blaydes battles through the early adversity and turned to his wrestling for the remaining two frames to earn a unanimous-decision victory.

RelatedUFC 221 results: Curtis Blaydes dominates Mark Hunt for biggest win of career

Check out the highlights of Blaydes’ win in the video above.

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For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Video replay: UFC 221 post-event press conference

Check out a video replay of the UFC 221 post-event news conference.

UFC 221 took place Saturday at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the full replay of the post-event press conference above.

For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Yoel Romero's leg not broken in UFC 221 victory over Luke Rockhold, says rep

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Yoel Romero was taken to the hospital following his knockout of Luke Rockhold in the UFC 221 main event because of a suspected broken leg.

“I think in the first round I took two kicks and I’m pretty sure it broke my leg,” Romero told Megan Olivi through an interpreter on the UFC 221 post-fight show on FS1.

Fortunately, his manager – Abe Kawa of First Round Management – took to Twitter to say his client was doing better than expected.

With @YoelRomeroMMA in the hospital. Leg is fine people couple weeks and he will be good to go

— Ibrahim Kawa (@Abraham_kawa) February 11, 2018

Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) stopped Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) with a third-round knockout in Saturday’s pay-per-view headliner, which took place at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. After a methodical opening two rounds, “The Solider of God” unleashed one of his trademark offensive bursts and floored his opponent.

.@YoelRomeroMMA confirms that he has a broken leg from kicks by @LukeRockhold after his win at #UFC221 https://t.co/35ZFJbKj5j

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) February 11, 2018

The original plans for the fight called for an interim middleweight champion to be decided. Romero missed weight for the fight, though, and only Rockhold was eligible to win the belt.

Romero was apologetic for his weigh-in failure, but couldn’t give a detailed account of how the situation got off track. He was supposed to fight at UFC on FOX 28 later this month, but then an injury to champ Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) opened a spot in the UFC 221 main event.

RelatedTwitter reacts to Yoel Romero's knockout of Luke Rockhold at UFC 221

“I’m not necessarily sure what we did wrong,” Romero said. We worked the same as we do for every week. We had a plan laid out and we got a call from UFC and we knew that we were only two pounds overweight, but do you seriously think if I would have been fighting in Orlando I would have had this issue?”

Although he botched his weight cut, UFC President Dana White told ESPN that Romero will rematch Whittaker at a later date. He lost to “The Reaper” by unanimous decision at UFC 213 in July in what stands as Romero’s only UFC loss. Romero said he felt sharp in the octagon, but believes he can be even better with a full training camp. Now it remains to be seen how long he’s sidelined with his leg injury.

“I felt really good,” Romero said. “We trained really hard for this fight, we trained really good for this fight. We had six, seven rounds of sparring. I had no worries in terms of cardio. Small, minor changes we would have had a better result.”

I'm told Romero hurt his shin during the fight, that's what was bothering him post-fight. Too early to tell the nature of any injury, but it's the shin that appears to be affected.

— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 11, 2018

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 221 attendance: Perth debut reportedly draws highest sporting gross in venue history

Saturday’s UFC 221 event drew an announced attendance of 12.437 and a live gate of $3.6 million AUD (approximately $2.8 million USD).

UFC officials announced the totals following UFC 221, which took place at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia.The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

UFC exec Dave Shaw said the total served as the largest gross ever earned in a sporting event at Perth Arena.

The event marked the UFC’s debut in Western Australia, though it was the 12th event overall in Australia in company history.

Australia’s largest UFC attendance came with “UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm” in November 2015. The event – a rare UFC stadium show – took place at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne and drew an attendance figure of 56,214 and a live gate of $6.8 million.

Australia’s largest arena/non-stadium show was “UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch” in February 2011. The event, which took place at Acer Arena (now called Qudos Bank Arena), drew 18,186 attendees and a $3.5 million gate.

For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC 221 bonuses: Much-hyped newcomer among night's $50,000 winners

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Israel Adesanya, Jussier Formiga, Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC 221 event.

Adesanya and Formiga earned “Performance of the Night” awards, and Matthews and Jingliang took home “Fight of the Night” honors.

UFC officials announced the winners following UFC 221, which took place at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Newcomer Adesanya (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) kept his record unblemished in his UFC debut, showing glimpses of his incredible striking pedigree in a second-round TKO win over Rob Wilkinson. Afterward, the brash man known as “The Last Stylebender” made even more waves with an epic post-fight interview.

Formiga (21-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has long been considered a top flyweight based on his elite grappling skills, but it was a stunning spinning backfist that actually felled opponent Ben Nguyen. The Brazilian then jumped on the back and choked Nguyen out cold in the third round to collect a victory and $50,000 bonus.

Young welterweights Matthews (12-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Jingliang (14-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) went toe-to-toe on the night’s main card, slugging it out on the feet throughout the 15-minute affair. Matthews nearly finished the fight early with a nasty guillotine before Jingliang raked his opponent’s face, sticking a finger in the eye along the way, before pulling his head free. Matthews kept his focus after the infraction, and they two continued to slug it out until “The Celtic Kid” took home a decision win.

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UFC 221 results: Curtis Blaydes dominates Mark Hunt for biggest win of career

February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Curtis Blaydes brings down Mark Hunt during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Curtis Blaydes pins Mark Hunt to the cage during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Curtis Blaydes pins Mark Hunt to the mat during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Curtis Blaydes pins Mark Hunt to the mat during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Curtis Blaydes pins Mark Hunt to the mat during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Mark Hunt defends against Curtis Blaydes during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Curtis Blaydes applies a hold against Mark Hunt during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Mark Hunt defends against Curtis Blaydes during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Mark Hunt defends against Curtis Blaydes during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Curtis Blaydes pins Mark Hunt to the mat during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/ztiDeeqSozfwQEMh8DhTSi/302154", customAnalytics: true, title: "Blaydes def. Hunt", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();

Curtis Blaydes survived a first-round knockdown and went on to dominate Mark Hunt for the biggest win of his career.

Blaydes (10-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) topped Hunt (13-12-1 MMA, 8-6-1 UFC) on the strength of 10 takedowns and got a pair of 30-26 scores and a 29-27.

The heavyweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC 221 card at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Blaydes wobbled Hunt with a left hand a minute in, but Hunt stayed on his feet. Two minutes in, Blaydes finally shot for a takedown and got it, but Hunt quickly scrambled back to his feet. Seconds later, Hunt landed an overhand right that hurt Blaydes. And a moment later, Hunt landed again and put Blaydes on the canvas.

But Blaydes popped back up and picked up a big defensive takedown. He got to full mount, but Hunt recovered and got back to his feet with 90 seocnds left. But Blaydes took him right back down and got on top in half-guard. He dropped down ground-and-pound, but not enough to threaten to end the fight. Blaydes got to full mount late and had a rear-naked choke to close the frame.

Blaydes tried for a takedown early in the second, but Hunt defended it and the two went back to the center. Hunt just missed a right hand, then stayed patient looking for his opening agianst the taller Blaydes. Midway through the round, Blaydes landed a big takedown, then slowly went to work on top. He did just enough to avoid getting stood up, though the heaviest of his strikes came in the final 20 seconds of the round.

Just five seconds into the final round, Blaydes picked up another takedown. When Hunt got back to his feet, Blaydes again took him down. Then he jumped to full mount with four and a half minutes to go. He dropped elbows down and kept the pressure on. With a minute left, Hunt managed to get back to his feet. But with his ninth takedown, he started to seal the deal, and he got a 10th in the final 20 seconds.

Blaydes won for the fourth straight time. After a TKO win over Derrick Lewis in June 2017, Hunt is back to the loss column and has dropped two of his past three.

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How do you celebrate a win at UFC 221? If you're Tai Tuivasa, you chug beer out of a shoe

So Tai Tuivasa continues to win fights in the UFC, all while seeming like the dude on your high school football team who was voted Most Likely to Use His Own Head to Smash the Window of a Police Car While Drunk.

In his second UFC outing, the former professional rugby player absolutely demolished the overmatched Cyril Asker in the first round. Asker fought like he was trying to prove that he had a superhuman ability to absorb punishment, and he almost succeeded.

Then, after battering him with punches and elbows, all Tuivasa (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) needed to do was give Asker (9-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) a helpful little shove and it faceplanted him on the mat, which proved to be all the cry for help necessary to prompt a referee stoppage.

As for Tuivasa, he seemed like a man ready to party the instant the fight ended. And if you think that’s an exaggeration, here he is chugging beer out of a shoe just seconds after exiting the cage.

Tai Tuivasa chugging beer out of a shoe? Tai Tuivasa chugging beer out of a shoe. pic.twitter.com/PvQJcpCXuk

— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) February 11, 2018

A few things about this:

1) If Tuivasa didn’t just become your favorite new UFC heavyweight, you must look for different qualities in fighters than I do.

2) You see how quickly he took that beer down? One hates to speculate, but I feel like that might not be the first beer Tuivasa has ever tasted.

3) Why a shoe, though? I only ask because, little known fact about shoes: they typically smell and taste like feet.

4) Now that we’ve all seen him do that, at least Tuivasa has some interesting excuse options should he happen to fail his post-fight drug test.

After downing that shoe-beer, Tuivasa calmly wiped his face with his T-shirt and then headed for the locker room. Where he goes from there is anyone’s guess, but they better have some frosty beverages waiting for him there.

Because a man who will chug a beer out of a shoe is probably not a man who is going to call it an early night and go home to watch Netflix after a win like this.

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UFC 221 results: Tai Tuivasa destroys Cyril Asker with first-round TKO

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The fact Cyril Asker stayed on his feet as long as he did will have to serve as a moral victory in his TKO loss to Tai Tuivasa.

Tuivasa (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) took out Asker (9-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) with a brutal TKO at the 2:18 mark of the first round after leveling him with elbows and punches.

The heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC 221 event at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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There was zero feeling-out process for the big men. A minute in, Tuivasa went to work. He landed hefty punches and elbows, and miraculously Asker stayed on his feet. His back was against the fence, and Tuivasa continued to tee off.

A massive right elbow sliced open Asker’s left eye. And when he measured for another one, Asker went tumbling to the canvas. Tuivasa moved in for the finish, but he didn’t need to drop down with anymore damage before Steve Perceval shut it down.

Tuivasa stayed perfect in his MMA career with his seventh straight win. Asker is back in the loss column and has alternated wins and losses for his past six fights.

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Best save of UFC 221? Jon Anik foils Tyson Pedro's attempted mic drop

Tyson Pedro’s win over Saparbek Safarov at UFC 221 wasn’t exactly a surprise, at least not to the oddsmakers who pegged the Aussie light heavyweight as a 3-1 favorite in his home country.

So when Pedro (7-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) locked up the kimura in the first round and used it to roll Saparbek (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) over and force the tap, that seemed somewhat expected.

But when he got on the mic in the post-fight interview and it inadvertantly led to a demonstration of UFC commentator Jon Anik’s hand-eye coordination? Now that was something different.

Here’s how Pedro summed up plans for his immediate future after winning his third UFC fight in four tries:

“I’m a simple man. I’m going to go home, make love to my wife, go real fast on my motor bike, drink a generous amount of beer, get that title, get a million followers, and get on the Joe Rogan podcast.”

Basically, it was Brock Lesnar’s speech from UFC 100 if Lesnar had been a) not already the champion, and b) more of a gentleman toward both his wife and his beer.

But to cap off such a speech, Pedro went for a bold move – the mic drop. This was an even bolder since he wasn’t the one actually holding the mic at the time. This required him to take the mic from Anik’s hands and drop it, all while actually saying the words, “mic drop.”

Seems like Pedro had it all figured out. The one thing he didn’t plan on, however, was the cat-like reflexes of Anik.

.@joerogan Podcast req and Mic drop @Jon_Anik Mic Save #UFC221 pic.twitter.com/wF9ElNBXZP

— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) February 11, 2018

That? That right there? That’s the work of a professional. You might drop the mic, Tyson Pedro, but Jon Anik never will.

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UFC 221 results: Jake Matthews survives eye gouge, upsets Li Jingliang

Despite taking a WWE-level rake of the eyes from Li Jingliang in order to get out of a tight choke attempt, Jake Matthews stayed after it and got an upset for one of the biggest wins of his career.

Matthews (12-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Jingliang (14-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) with a pair of 30-26 scores and a 29-28.

The welterweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC 221 event at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Things were tentative early while the fighters looked for an opening. Midway through, Matthews looked like he had found some confience. And three minutes into the round, Matthews knocked Jingliang to the canvas with a short left hand. Matthews quickly went to the canvas and tried to get the finish. He got full mount, then took Jingliang’s back with a body triangle and looked for a rear-naked choke. He couldn’t find the finish, but it was a big statement of a first round for the home fighter.

Jingliang had a moment in the second when he hurt Matthews. But in the scramble, Matthews went after a submission on the canvas. And when he had a guillotine choke seemingly locked on, Jingliang managed to get out of it and send the fight back to the feet. The two slugged at each other in the final 45 seconds, but neither went down.

The talk of the round, though, was just how Jingliang was able to get out of the guillotine choke. Replays showed a viciously blatant eye gouge by Jingliang that helped force Matthews to break the choke.

Matthews shot for a takedown in the first minute of the third and got it, but Jingliang got back to his feet after eating a few punches. Midway through the round, Matthews planted Jingliang with a right hand – but once again, Jingliang recovered in an instant and got right back up and found himself on top of Matthews on the canvas. The two were back on their feet in the middle with a minute to go. With 30 seconds left, Matthews landed a flying knee after checking on the time, but then drove in for a takedown with 10 seconds left.

Matthews won for the second straight time after a two-fight skid. Jingliang had a four-fight winning streak snapped.

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UFC 221 results: Tyson Pedro taps Saparbeg Safarov with brilliant first-round kimura

Saparbeg Safarov looked like he might make Tyson Pedro’s night a challenging one. Then Pedro grabbed his left arm.

That was all he needed. Pedro (7-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) forced Safarov (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) to tap to a tight kimura at the 3:54 mark of the first round. Pedro swept Safarov to the canvas with the kimura sweep, then eventually stepped over his head to tighten it up for the tap.

The light heavyweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC 221 event at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Pedro jabbed early and landed a heavy leg kick, but Safarov got defensive and took Pedro to teh canvas. He pressed him to the fence, but Pedro worked his way back up and pushed back out to the center, where he just missed a knee. Two minutes in, Pedro landed and knocked Safarov off balance. He kicked up high, but somehow Safarov survived.

With two minutes left, he landed a solid punch, but Pedro drilled him and answered a Safarov punch with a knee. Safarov scooped Pedro up for a takedown with 90 seconds left, but Pedro took advantage by grabbing Safarov’s left arm and worked for a kimura. He had to adjust it, but when he stepped over Safarov’s head, he tightened it up and forced Safarov to tap.

Pedro is back in the win column after suffering the first loss of his pro career this past September. Safarov lost for the second straight time after starting his pro career 8-0.

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UFC 221 results: 'Maestro' Dong Hyun Kim takes split decision from Damien Brown

In a methodical fight short on a ton of action, ”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim took a split decision from Damien Brown.

Kim (16-8-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) picked up a pair of 29-28 scores against Brown (17-12 MMA, 2-4 UFC), who had a 29-28 dissenting score of his own in the losing cause.

The lightweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC 221 event at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

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Brown and Kim pushed some jabs out and faked and feinted in the first couple minutes. But almost out of nowhere, Brown threw a hard right kick out after two minutes and took Kim’s feet out from under him. Kim smiled when he got up off the canvas, but Brown’s kick was effective again not long after that.

Kim tried to work kicks of his own in the second, but Brown stayed patient. That may have been as much about respecting Kim’s power as anything else. Kim was scoring with kicks of his own throughout, though, and when he tried to work in his jab in combos, he made things a little tougher on Brown.

The fight seemed to be hanging in the balance going to the final round. Brown landed to the body with a kick, but a combo behind it didn’t have much there. That was the story of the round. With a minute left, the offense started to open up a little. But both fighters seemed content to go to the judges thinking they had done enough.

Kim won for the third straight time. Brown now has dropped three straight fights.

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