UFC 221 Results: Yoel Romero Knocks Luke Rockhold Out UFC…

Romero was unable to make weight last night, so only Rockhold is eligible to claim the crown if he wins.

Never mind that the 6-foot-3 Rockhold had a substantial height and reach advantage, Romero wasn't intimidated. That's because Yoel Romero knocked out Luke Rockhold in the main event.

Making his UFC debut on commentary, Jimmy Smith noted in the second that Rockhold seemed content at boxing range.

Romero hit the accelerator button in the 3rd round of the fight and finished off his American opponent with a combination which was plastered all over the internet. "I had no worries whatsoever in terms of cardio".

"Yes, I think in the first round I took two kicks and I'm pretty sure that it broke my leg", Romero revealed through a translator. Despite winning the bout, he could not capture the interim belt, due to missing weight. He initially weighed 188 pounds but got down to only 187.7 with a two-hour allotment.

UFC 221: How to watch "Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero" live stream. "Some (expletive) as usual". But even considering all of that, it still sends a really bad message to the rest of the roster when a fighter can miss weight and still earn a title shot.

But when Whittaker contracted a staph infection and was forced to pull out in January, Romero stepped in on short notice. The UFC announced that he also had to forfeit 30 percent of his purse to Rockhold. The fight between Rockhold (16-4) and Romero was supposed to be for the interim middleweight title. He has since returned to training.

Romero, a Cuban former Olympic wrestler who won silver at the 2000 Sydney Games, celebrated wildly after the knockout, climbing on the cage before letting out a scream.

It was a big night for the Australian stars on the main card in Perth, with all three home fighters picking up impressive victories.

Already ranked as the division's number-one contender, Romero's victory is likely to see him installed as the next challenger for the UFC middleweight title, held by Australian Robert Whittaker, who recorded a unanimous decision victory over the Cuban in July previous year.

Why they should fight: After a layoff of more than 14 months, Safarov finally resumed his UFC career with a bout against Tyson Pedro, but it didn't go very well for him.


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