Thursday, 24 May, 2018

UFC 221: Luke Rockhold vs Yoel Romero

UFC 221 post-event facts Is Yoel Romero the best third-round finisher of all-time UFC 221 post-event facts Is Yoel Romero the best third-round finisher of all-time
Troy Mann | 11 February, 2018, 10:57

In order to set up a clash with current middleweight king Robert, and claim the undisputed 185lbs title, Rockhold had to see off the challenge of Olympic silver medallist Yoel Romero.

The main event of UFC 221 nearly never came to be.

Yoel Romero gets a second chance at UFC gold when he takes on former champion Luke Rockhold for the UFC Middleweight Championship. But having missed weight, Romero was also ineligible for any post-fight performance bonuses.

As for Rockhold, after losing the middleweight title in devastating fashion against Michael Bisping, injuries kept him on the shelf for over a year, before his come back, last September, to take on David Branch.

Yoel Romero
Yoel Romero

Romero (13-2) knocked out Rockhold with a monstrous left hand at the 1:48 mark of the third round. "I happened to work really fast to get all this done for this fight, it messed up a little bit my plans for the weight cut".

Hunt, fighting for the first time since beating Derrick Lewis in Auckland eight months ago, rocked the ninth-ranked Blaydes with some heavy punches early but Blaydes exhausted the New Zealander with a series of 10 takedowns for the biggest win of his career. The 26-year-old Blaydes, who's riding a four-fight win streak in the UFC, will look to make an even bigger name for himself if he can pull off the upset of a veteran the caliber of Hunt.

In the second stanza, Romero blitzed Rockhold and landed some strikes.

Alright fight fans, time to sound off in the comments section below. He was supposed to fight at UFC on FOX 28 later this month, but then an injury to champ Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) opened a spot in the UFC 221 main event. He scored points in the form of leg kicks and a steady jab, but he never completely settled into a rhythm.

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