Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Yoel Romero Scores Victory over Luke Rockhold Via TKO at UFC 221

Yoel Romero Scores Victory over Luke Rockhold Via TKO at UFC 221

FNA sat down with the 10-time world Muay Thai champion to talk UFC 221 in Perth, Australian and New Zealand MMA, plus hanging out with UFC Middleweight top contender Chris Weidman.

The fight was to be contested for the interim championship with Robert Whittaker injured and unable to compete.

In the co-main event, Mark Hunt returns to the cage after a lengthy absence to take on Curtis Blaydes. We will bring you all the results starting at 3:30 PM Pacific Time.

UFC 221 - When and where is it taking place? Both fighters have serious knock out power and I don't expect this fight to reach the third round. Rockhold has the more well-rounded game, but Romero has the more risky power.

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In the headline-bout Cuban middleweight Yoel Romero stopped the former champion in the division American Luke Rockhold in the third round. And from the looks of it, that may prove to be a very good thing for Romero, as despite not winning the interim belt at UFC 221, it's looking more and more likely he'll get his rematch with Whittaker.

The 40-year-old initially weighed in at 188.3 pounds (85.4kg) but was given two more hours to meet the 185-pound limit.

Yoel Romero stands over Luke Rockhold after dropping him. Nevertheless, sensing that the fight could be stopped at any time by the ringside medical team in lieu of the leg injury, Romero moved forward with reckless intent in Round 2. Although these weren't massive fights for the mainstream audience or perhaps even some hardcore fans, this is exactly why these three were on the main card. Rockhold closed out the opening frame with another straight left to Romero's jaw.

Weight, not cardio ended up preventing Romero from leaving the octagon with a belt around his waist.

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The fireworks came just before that bout though, when two more unknown heavyweights in Tai Tuivasa and Cyril Asker battled it out.

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