UFC 221 results: Full winners, analysis and reaction from Romero vs. Rockhold

UFC 221 Predictions: Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold 2/10/18

Cuban Yoel Romero has shaken off his weigh-in farce to beat American Luke Rockhold with a stunning TKO in their middleweight showdown at UFC 221 in Perth. His barrage continued until a fight stoppage was called with 3:16 left in Round 3. And that's what he got.

All three men made the most of their opportunities in Perth and should experience a step up in competition next time out and hopefully garner a little more attention heading into their follow-up assignments.

Romero did not appear at Saturday's post-fight press conference because he was transported to the hospital. Romero was originally scheduled to face David Branch at UFC on Fox 28 in Orlando, Fla., on February 24 before he accepted the fight against Rockhold. "I had no worries whatsoever in terms of cardio". Second, I'm so sorry for the weight cut.

Although the missed weight puts a damper on the win, UFC President Dana White was understanding of the missed weight due to the short camp. He initially weighed 188 pounds but got down to only 187.7 with a two-hour allotment.

"Poor Rockhold didn't wanna be rude but it looked like he wanted to shove Yoel out of his face", wrote one viewer. "Some (expletive) as usual".




Shortly after Romero's win, Whittaker took to Twitter to congratulate his rival in his own language. The UFC announced that he also had to forfeit 30 percent of his purse to Rockhold.

Romero again cemented his status as the number one contender to middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, with speculation of a rematch looming. He was recovering from a pulled hamstring, when he suffered a staph infection in his stomach and a bout with chickenpox.

An Olympic silver medal-winning freestyle wrestler for Cuba at the Sydney 2000 Games, it has been Romero's raw power that has carried him in his UFC career.

Romero (12-2) is coming off a decision loss to Whittaker last July for his first defeat in six years. Mark Hunt and his team, are among a regular group of world-class athletes who spend time there during fight camps. That was his first fight since losing his title to Michael Bisping on June 4, 2016. He has been known to gas out in fights and Rockhold is not a guy that you want to fight exhausted.

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