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The best and worst from UFC 221

Scott Newman
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11 Feb 2018, 18:28 IST

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UFC 221 was the first UFC event in Perth, Western Australia, and buoyed by a hot crowd, the fighters on show delivered hugely.

It wasn't the strongest card on paper - particularly after Aussie hero Robert Whittaker had to drop out due to a bad staph infection - but we got great finishes and exciting fights up and down the televised card, and why else do we watch the UFC at the end of the day?

Here are the best and worst moments from UFC 221.

#1 Best: The rise of the Razor

Curtis Blaydes picked up a big win over Mark Hunt
Curtis Blaydes picked up a big win over Mark Hunt

The Aussie fans didn't like the fight between Heavyweights Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes all that much, largely because Aussie favourite Hunt came out on the wrong end of the decision. But in reality, it was one of the better Heavyweight fights we're likely to see in the UFC this year and it also produced a new contender in a thin division.

Blaydes has looked good in the UFC ever since his debut in a tough fight with Francis Ngannou, but Hunt was his trickiest test by far and he passed with flying colours. Not only did he show off his stellar wrestling - and incredible strength - as he threw Hunt around, but he also showed a granite chin to survive a huge barrage from the Super Samoan in the first round.

With Ngannou going down against Stipe Miocic in January, Blaydes is now the best prospect in the division when it comes to championship hopes - and at 26 he's incredibly young for a Heavyweight. With the UFC having to make a Miocic/Daniel Cormier superfight later in the year due to the dearth of contenders at Heavyweight, we could see Blaydes in line for a title shot sooner rather than later. Last night was his first step towards that.

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