UFC 221: Luke Rockhold vs Yoel Romero

UFC 221: Luke Rockhold vs Yoel Romero

UFC 221: Luke Rockhold vs Yoel Romero

"In the first round I took two kicks, and I'm pretty sure that broke my leg", said Romero, who was unable to stand in the Octagon or during his FS1 interview after his third-round knockout of Rockhold in Perth, Australia.

Romero was supposed to be squaring off with Rockhold for the interim belt in the UFC 221 headliner, but after he missed weight on Friday, he was ineligible to win the title and also had to forfeit 30-percent of his fight purse to the former champion.

The UFC has made a decision to head back to Australia for UFC 221. The pay-per-view event takes place on Saturday, February 10th (Sunday, February 11th in Australia) and features an interim middleweight title fight between former undisputed.

In the lead up to Perth's first ever UFC event, Parr has been spending a lot of time withe UFC Middleweight contender Chris Weidman, and the two seem to be inseparable. Rockhold has the more well-rounded game, but Romero has the more unsafe power.

Why they should fight: Jingliang's winning streak ended with a unanimous-decision loss to Jake Matthews.

Will Luke Rockhold claim the UFC Interim Middleweight Championship tonight when he faces off with Yoel Romero?

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Romero had the breakthrough moment when he jumped forward with a big right followed by a huge left that sent Rockhold crushing to the canvas, before a left hand on the floor left Rockhold, cold. He came close, tipping the scale at 187.7 pounds on his second attempt, but he couldn't quite make it to 185 pounds in time. Remaining on his feet, Rockhold pushed Romero away with a left jab to the nose before following up with a straight left to the midsection as the clock hit the 90-second mark.

Yoel Romero, shown on July 8, 2017, in Las Vegas. 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.

If Romero and Whittaker do indeed fight again, it'll be a rematch of their 2017 bout at UFC 213.

- Tai Tuivasa def. Cyril Asker, heavyweights, KO, first round (2:18).

To kick off the main card, light heavyweights Tyson Pedro and Saparbek Safarov went just one round before the latter was finished by a kimura submission.

Throughout the night, we saw six finishes from 12-fights.

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