The fight card for the UFC’s return to Australia in February continues to build with the addition of a bantamweight fight.
UFC 221 takes place Feb. 10 at Perth Arena in Australia and marks the UFC’s debut in Western Australia. It airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Ishihara, from Mapan, got back in the win column in September in his home country with a unanimous decision victory over Rolando Dy. That snapped a two-fight skid of decision losses to Artem Lobov in November 2016 at UFC Fight Night 99 and Gray Maynard in July at the TUF 25 Finale.
Prior to those setbacks, he had returned to featherweight for his UFC debut, which was a split draw with Mizuto Hirota in Japan, followed by back-to-back knockout wins over Julian Erosa and Horacio Guitierrez.
Quinonez has won three straight fights since dropping the bantamweight final of Season 1 of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” in November 2014 at UFC 180. After that, he has a submission win over Leonardo Morales and decision victories over Joey Gomez and Diego Rivas, the latter of which came in August in his home country of Mexico.
The latest UFC 221 card now includes:
- Champ Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold – for middleweight title
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Mark Hunt
- Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov
- Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen
- Cyril Asker vs. Tai Tuivasa
- Damien Brown vs. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim
- Teruto Ishihara vs. Jose Quinonez