Last night, in the main event of UFC 221, former Olympic wrestler Yoel Romero picked up one of the best wins of his wonderful career thus far, knocking out former UFC and Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold with a brutal, third-round salvo.
"Rockhold is a very good fighter, former UFC champion and Strikeforce champion, and I'm very happy that I fought the best in my division", said Romero, who is expected to get a shot at champion Robert Whittaker. But when it comes down to it, Romero missed weight and as impressive as the performance was against Rockhold, it's hard to reward him for coming in at 187.7lbs, 2.7lbs above the 185lbs middleweight title fight limit.
UFC 221 weigh-in results and video: Rockhold 185, Romero 187.7. 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. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it's time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard's shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 221's winning fighters.
None of that mattered to Romero once the fight started.
Yoel Romero scored a vicious knock-out victory against Luke Rockhold to steal the show in the main event to remind fans of his remarkable punching power. Whittaker won and was then elevated to official champion late past year after St-Pierre beat Bisping and immediately dropped the belt.
Romero apologized for the error but also explained that he took the fight with Rockhold on short notice after originally being scheduled to compete two weeks later at the UFC on FOX card in Orlando.
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Romero, 40, missed making weight for his bout Friday evening. But injuries are part of the sport and Whittaker got injured.
In this fight, Romero will need to conserve his energy. However, Romero had an extra two hours of weight cutting and will have to fight less than 24 hours later.
Given what Matthews has accomplished already, it will be interesting to see where he's at a couple more years down the line. Eventually he backed Luke up to the cage and unleashed an amazingly powerful left hand that slept Luke Rockhold!
By failing to make weight, Romero gave up any shot to claim the interim belt.
Whittaker got the judges nod in a brilliant back-and-forth bout. "So there's a bit of time to figure out what's going to happen in the weight division".