Romero knocks out Rockhold at UFC 221

Romero knocks out Rockhold at UFC 221

Yoel Romero defeated former UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold by third round knockout in the main event of UFC 221.

Luke Rockhold can win the interim middleweight title but Romero won't claim the belt if he wins the fight. But when it comes down to it, Romero missed weight and as impressive as the performance was against Rockhold, it's hard to reward him for coming in at 187.7lbs, 2.7lbs above the 185lbs middleweight title fight limit. He came close, tipping the scale at 187.7 pounds on his second attempt, but he couldn't quite make it to 185 pounds in time.

And there was good news for British fans, as lightweight veteran Ross "The Real Deal" Pearson produced a solid performance to earn a unanimous decision with scores of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 as he ended a run of four straight defeats with a hard-earned win over Japanese fighter Mizuto Hirota. Although he got a "Fight of the Night" bonus in his UFC-debut loss to Gian Villante, Safarov hasn't done much to inspire confidence he'll be a longstanding member of the UFC roster. A powerful wrestler, Romero has developed some powerful striking over the years. That's because Yoel Romero knocked out Luke Rockhold in the main event. And even though a second fight between Whittaker and Romero - less than one year after the original - might feel like a move backward, it's the only next step the UFC should consider. The kicks of the first round had been replaced by a jab meaning that Romero was now merely at arm's length rather than further outside on the perimeter of kicking range.

"Rockhold is a very good athlete and an unbelievable fighter", Romero said after the fight.

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"We trained very good for this fight", Romero, through his translator, told FS1 after the fight.

At this point, someone should probably offer a college course on understanding the UFC's middleweight division. He sent Rockhold falling to his backside courtesy of an overhand left, then finished him off with a left uppercut that put Rockhold out cold.

Romero came out charging in Round 2 and didn't relent in Round 3.

But the 26-year old American played it wisely and changed things up, taking Hunt down to the canvas, where the two spent most of the remainder of the fight as Blaydes superior fitness eventually told, the judges scoring it 30-26, 30-26 and 29-27 in the USA fighter's favour. Looking to avoid more damage Rockhold circled away as Romero chased him down against the fence.

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