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Rockhold vs Romero: UFC 221 and its ‘Sidecar’ Middleweight main event

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Enjoying a pint of craft beer during any mixed martial arts (MMA) event will undoubtedly make the viewing experience more exciting. And when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) wants to charge you $65 to watch Tai Tuivasa vs. Cyril Asker then craft beer is a darn-near must.

Alright, maybe Tuivasa versus Asker will end up being a riveting Heavyweight contest and I shouldn’t need alcohol to have a good time, but I like drinking while watching fights. Don’t judge me! If you’re a fan of cracking a few cold ones while watching face punching read on or play the video linked above. Below is what I think you should be tipping back during UFC 221’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event between Luke Rockhold and Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero, which goes down this weekend (Sat., Feb. 10, 2018) at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.

While I am mega-hyped for the Middleweight main event, I can’t help but but notice that it is for another (ugh) UFC interim title. With that in mind, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale by Sierra Nevada struck me as being the perfect beer for this fight card. A sidecar is a tag-along vehicle attached to a motorcycle. Basically, a sidecar is not in charge of what direction the entire automobile is headed or the speed at which it proceeds.

In this scenario Robert Whittatker is the motorcycle to the sidecar that is Romero versus Rockhold.

The top of the 185-pound division has been dysfunctional ever since Michael “The Count” Bisping took the Middleweight strap away from Rockhold way back at UFC 199 in June 2016. After Georges St-Pierre alleviated us from Bisping’s oppressive title reign and immediately skedaddled, fight fans around the world rejoiced at the thought of order being restored with Whittaker becoming the undisputed UFC Middleweight champion. No such luck was had. With Whittaker out for an unknown amount of time and this Saturday’s main event being for another second-place belt, UFC’s middleweight division is once again riding along powerless in a sidecar.

As for the rest of this fight card, I could take it or leave it. Honestly, there might end up being a plethora of fantastic finishes and dynamite stylistic clashes that will keep fight fans on the edge of their seats the entire time, but pre-fight I’m less excited about them than I am for a bout that I just compared to a motor-less, one-wheeled vehicle.

Before you go, I have to ask that you check out my Top 3 fights scheduled for this fight card. If you watch it you’ll know that I’m not as much of a curmudgeon as a come off as here. Whether you partake in beer or other recreational activities, please do so responsibly. Cheers.