UFC 221: Luke Rockhold vs Yoel Romero

UFC 221 takeaways Romero ices Rockhold youngsters shine in Perth

UFC 221 takeaways Romero ices Rockhold youngsters shine in Perth

Several of them, in fact. The round mostly consisted of Rockhold attempting to use his kicks to cover range and Romero using flurries in order to try and hurt Rockhold, before becoming more passive.

Romero - competing on a broken right leg sustained in the first round - proved he has fists of fury, as well. Rockhold was definitely the aggressor however, as he pushed the pace and landed numerous kicks to the legs of Romero.

The third round saw more of the same, the duo duking it out at arms length before Romero suddenly unleashed a huge overhand left that caught Rockhold flush on the chin and sent him crashing to the canvas, before following it up with a vicious left uppercut as the referee jumped in to stop the fight. It ended the fight. Despite winning the bout, he could not capture the interim belt, due to missing weight. And that's what he got. Stunned, Rockhold looked to clinch up but Romero simply began obliterating his midsection with hooks.

The fight was scheduled to go five rounds.

No fighter could get the upper hand in the opening round but Romero unleashed a flurry of punches in the second to put Rockhold on the back foot.

Watch UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold live stream online, fight time. "I had six- and seven-round sparrings". "I had no worries whatsoever in terms of cardio".

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There was, of course, no belt for Romero. He initially weighed 188 pounds but got down to only 187.7 with a two-hour allotment.

Yoel Romero, shown on July 8, 2017, in Las Vegas. "Some (expletive) as usual".

As good as Romero is, it's not fair to reward him with a title shot. Romero was fined 30 percent of his purse last weekend, a substantial chunk of change.

Prior to his loss to Whittaker, Romero was on a wild eight-fight streak, highlighted by triumphs over Brad Tavares, Tim Kennedy, Lyoto Machida, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, and former champ Chris Weidman. He has since returned to training.

Romero won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in wrestling but he did the damage in the ring with his fists on Sunday. Whittaker has the unenviable task of defeating Romero for an interim title, and now defeating him again in an immediate rematch in his first defense. Rockhold is a long fighter with very good striking and solid grappling.

That fight could take place as early as June. A knee injury forced Rockhold to withdraw from a fight with Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza later that year.

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