EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alex Volkanovski Added to UFC 221 in Perth
UFC featherweights Jeremy Kennedy (11-0, 3-0 UFC) and Alex Volkanovski (16-1, 3-0 UFC) are finally going to fight. Sources close to the situation tell MMA Today that the pair of top 155 pound prospects are scheduled to square off at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia. The two combatants were supposed to fight earlier this year at UFC Fight Night: Sydney, but an injury to Kennedy forced the bout off of the card. In place of Kennedy, Volkanovski handily defeated UFC newcomer Shane Young via unanimous decision.
Earlier this month, BJPenn.com‘s Tom Taylor reported that the two were in talks to meet once again. Following a series of provoking tweets from Jeremy Kennedy, it seems that Alex Volkanovski didn’t hesitate to jump on board.
Sources tell me a bout between Australia's Alex Volkanovski and Canada's Jeremy Kennedy is close to being finalized for #UFC221 in Perth, Australia. Fight was briefly scheduled to occur back at UFC Fight Night 121.— Tom Taylor (@TomTayMMA) December 17, 2017
Both fighters are undefeated in their UFC careers, each winning their first three bouts with the promotion. Australia’s Volkanovski has dominated Yusuke Kasuya, Mizuto Hirota and Shane Young en route to the matchup with Kennedy. “JBC” Kennedy on the other hand, has defeated Alessandro Ricci, Kyle Bochniak and Rony Jason in his trio of UFC bouts.
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UFC 221 takes place Saturday, February 10th, at the Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. The card is currently headlined by UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker as he takes on former UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold. A heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes is also scheduled for the event. The main card will air on pay-per-view, with its preliminary portion airing on Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass respectively.