A Jedi has been added to the UFC 221 card in Perth this February.
Luke ‘The Jedi’ Jumeau will return at UFC 221, the UFC announced Monday. A native of New Zealand, Jumeau will meet Japan’s Daichi Abe in a welterweight bout on the card. The twenty-nine year old won’t be alone, as fellow Kiwi Mark Hunt is also a key player at the event.
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Jumeau (12–4) has gone 1-1 in his UFC tenure thus far. He’ll enter UFC 221 coming off a loss to Shinsho Anzai at UFC Japan back in September. Prior to that, he won his promotional debut against Dominique Steele at UFC Auckland in June.
Daichi Abe, meanwhile, is undefeated at 6-0 and will look to stay that way against Luke Jumeau. Abe made his promotional debut in September at UFC Japan, alongside his new opponent. That night, he earned a unanimous decision victory over Hyun Gyu Lim. Abe previously spent time fighting in Pancrase.
UFC 221 takes place February 11 at the Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. In the main event, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker takes on former UFC/Strikeforce champ Luke Rockhold. The bout was made possible when Georges St. Pierre vacated the middleweight title after defeating then-champ Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in November. With the belt vacated, Whittaker, who held the interim title, became the undisputed king at 185lbs.