MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: Jeremy Kennedy vs Alexander Volkanovski slated for UFC 221


Jeremy Kennedy vs Alexander Volkanovki at UFC 221

Two top prospects will duke it out as Jeremy Kennedy vs Alexander Volkanovski has been rebooked for UFC 221 on February 11th in Perth, Australia. The bout was originally scheduled for November 17 of last year but Kennedy dropped out citing a back injury. Volkanovki would go on to dominate UFC newcomer Shane Young in a 150 pound catchweight fight. Volkanovski (16-1) has gone 3-0 inside the Octagon with three dominant performances. Kennedy (11-0) also has gone 3-0 in the UFC with three decision victories. The winner of this bout will likely have a good case for a top 15 ranking in the featherweight division.

Kennedy may be the more well-rounded fighter of the two, but look for Volkanovki to open as the betting favorite due to his tenacious wrestling, ground and pound and top control. No one has even been a challenge for him yet, and Kennedy will have to prove he can stay off his back if he wants to win this fight.

Here's an updated look at the UFC 221 fight card, which features several Australian and New Zealand-based fighters.

185 lb. title: Robert Whittaker (c) vs. Luke Rockhold
205 lbs.: Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov
125 lbs.: Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen
265 lbs.: Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes
155 lbs.: Damien Brown vs. Dong Hyun Kim
135 lbs.: Teruto Ishihara vs. José Alberto Quiñónez
155 lbs.: Ross Pearson vs. Mizuto Hirota
185 lbs.: Rob Wilkinson vs. Israel Adesanya
170 lbs.: Jake Matthews vs. Li Jingliang
170 lbs.: Luke Jumeau vs. Daichi Abe
265 lbs.: Cyril Asker vs. Tai Tuivasa
145 lbs.: Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alexander Volkanovski


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Brian Hemminger has been involved in MMA since 2007, and is highly regarded for his well-researched and knowledgeable interviews. He has hosted The Verbal Submission MMA podcast for three years and was a staff writer at MMAmania.com from 2011 to 2013 with an extensive background in live coverage, fight previews and post-fight analysis.