UFC 221: Yoel Romero KOs Luke Rockhold with two vicious left hands

UFC 221: Yoel Romero KOs Luke Rockhold with two vicious left hands

Yoel Romero knocked out Luke Rockhold in the main event of UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold on Saturday.

Nevertheless, one ought to note that since Romero missed weight he wasn't eligible to win the Interim UFC Middleweight title. First, the man named middleweight champion after Georges St-Pierre vacated the belt without defending it, Robert Whittaker, contracted a staph infection in his stomach and was forced to withdraw from his first title defense against Luke Rockhold. Rockhold continued to patiently pick apart Romero with kicks before connecting with a straight left. Against Rockhold, the Cuban native looked to rebound from his decision loss to Whittaker in their initial interim title fight at UFC 213 in July 2017. "I had to work really fast to get all this done for this fight", he said.

Rockhold showed great offensive striking and pivoted away from Romero's hooks masterfully in Round 1. The fight between Rockhold (16-4) and Romero was supposed to be for the interim middleweight title. The look on Rockhold's face as Romero tried to profess his "love" was sheer anguish. Then came another left, an uppercut, to Rockhold, who was on his side, supporting himself on the canvas on his left elbow. However, an injury caused Whitaker to be bumped for Romero.

Chief among the athletes taking home a $50,000 bonus check was UFC flyweight contender Jussier Formiga, who put on an impressive performance in his preliminary card bout with Ben Nguyen.

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Hunt landed a huge shot to drop Blaydes early in the fight, prompting Blaydes to turn to his wrestling. Pedro locked in a kimura to earn the fifth submission win of his career.

"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. However, Romero had an extra two hours of weight cutting and will have to fight less than 24 hours later.

Matthews, 23, produced arguably the best performance of his career to defeat Jingliang, but the bout was marred by an ugly incident when the Chinese fighter blatantly gouged Matthews' right eye to escape a tight triangle choke.

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