UFC 221 is almost here, and as usual, Embedded is here as well. The show that gives you an inside look at the marquee contestants on PPVs has issued the second episode for this weekend’s big show in Perth, and it serves as a brief introduction to the fighters at the top of the card.
Luke Rockhold is asking a neighbor where he can pick up an airdyne bike, and saying how much he loves how genuine and nice your regular Australian is. He’s also playing the piano. Then we see him in the park with his “performance” coach, throwing tennis balls back and forth and swinging sticks around each other. He even mentions the Law of Attraction. Seems way too similar to the whole touchbutt in the park thing with Conor McGregor, but hey - whatever works.
It might be in Australia, but there are sticks and balls, so the whole thing still breaks down into a baseball game eventually.
A slimmed-down Mark Hunt decides to go swimming at the beach (where he complains about the water being cold), before talking to some fans about the fight. Back at the gym, he’s getting his cardio up so he can be a “fast, mobile heavyweight with lots of stamina”.
Curtis Blaydes and Yoel Romero meet up in the lobby of their hotel. Romero is dressed up as always. Hunt goofs around with some kids before Ultimate Media Day. They do a bit of a photoshoot first, where Hunt clowns around more and pretends to pose for mugshots.
Taking questions from the media, Rockhold talks about himself being a tough test on the ground, saying ‘he’ll take the life out of him”. The faceoffs are cordial between Hunt and Blaydes, but tense between Romero and Rockhold. Romero’s team think Luke is masking a bunch of nervousness. Knowing Rockhold as we do, I doubt that’s the case.
And that’s it! UFC 221 goes down this Saturday in Perth, Australia.