UFC 221: Luke Rockhold Gives Props to Yoel Romero, Following KO Loss

UFC 221: Luke Rockhold Gives Props to Yoel Romero, Following KO Loss

UFC 221: Luke Rockhold Gives Props to Yoel Romero, Following KO Loss

In the headline-bout Cuban middleweight Yoel Romero stopped the former champion in the division American Luke Rockhold in the third round. Romero was unable to make weight last night, so only Rockhold is eligible to claim the crown if he wins.

Romero has received criticism for his cardio - fading in the later rounds against Robert Whittaker previous year - but he remained powerful and explosive enough to land a brutal knockout blow with 1min 28 seconds left in the round.

UFC president Dana White has told ESPN that Romero will be Whittaker's next title challenger - a rematch of a closely contested bout last July, where Whittaker (19-4) came out with a unanimous decision.

Shortly after Romero's win, Whittaker took to Twitter to congratulate his rival in his own language. A powerful wrestler, Romero has developed some powerful striking over the years.

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Yoel Romero stands over Luke Rockhold after dropping him. Now, we could be setting up to see the former champ Rockhold reclaim his throne after losing his belt in one of the most shocking upsets in UFC history. However, he did conduct a brief interview on Fox Sports 1, where he said he thought he broke his leg in the opening stanza after absorbing several hard leg kicks from his opponent. Remaining on the outside, Romero slapped in a right jab. "The Reaper" was elevated to undisputed champion when Georges St. Pierre recently vacated the title after defeating Michael Bisping at UFC 217.

Whittaker was initially meant to fight Rockhold in Perth on Sunday in what would have been his first title defence. Rockhold fell along the fence, and Romero pounced, landing another left to put him away.

Romero strung together with attractive punching combinations in the second round and followed up with yet another hellacious offensive chain of movements in the third round.

Three main-card fighters: Curtis Blaydes, Tyson Pedro and Tai Tuivasa spoke to media following their performance inside the Octagon. But there were too many punches from Romero to defend. Meanwhile, Rockhold will be looking to wear Romero out and finish this one in impressive fashion.

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