Yoel Romero Wrecks Luke Rockhold In The Third Round At UFC 221

Yoel Romero Wrecks Luke Rockhold In The Third Round At UFC 221

Yoel Romero Wrecks Luke Rockhold In The Third Round At UFC 221

Yoel Romero pulled off a spectacular knockout of Luke Rockhold in their interim middleweight bout at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia on Sunday.

Originally, the card featured Luke Rockhold and the undisputed middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.

Romero has received criticism for his cardio - fading in the later rounds against Robert Whittaker past year - but he remained powerful and explosive enough to land a brutal knockout blow with 1min 28 seconds left in the round. The two fought last July, and Whittaker won the bout via decision.

The Cuban wrestler has plenty of impressive wins in the middleweight division, with his only loss in the last five years coming at the hands of Whittaker in a closer five-round decision for the belt.

"Romero took this fight on short notice when [Robert] Whittaker fell out, and he didn't get a full camp", White said, per Okamoto.

Sure, Romero has already been punished by having 30% of his purse taken away and given to Rockhold, plus he was ineligible for the $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. That story turned into a bit of a charade, as Bisping ignored legitimate title contenders and went on a Money Tour, involving fights against Dan Henderson and Georges St-Pierre.

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Round two began with Romero more aggressive.

Romero strung together with attractive punching combinations in the second round and followed up with yet another hellacious offensive chain of movements in the third round.

Rockhold appears to be in good spirits, though, who took to social media to congratulate the victor. The look on Rockhold's face as Romero tried to profess his "love" was sheer anguish. This streak is highlighted by wins over Brad Tavares, Uriah Hall, Rafael Natal, Derek Brunson, "Jacare", and of course, Romero.

A bout Whittaker was the real prize, and courtesy of another highlight finish, Romero will be granted that chance. Then came another left, an uppercut, to Rockhold, who was on his side, supporting himself on the canvas on his left elbow.

Hunt landed a huge shot to drop Blaydes early in the fight, prompting Blaydes to turn to his wrestling. Nevertheless, sensing that the fight could be stopped at any time by the ringside medical team in lieu of the leg injury, Romero moved forward with reckless intent in Round 2. "So there's a bit of time to figure out what's going to happen in the weight division". "I felt really good".

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