After a heated build-up, Yoel Romero hammered Luke Rockhold into oblivion on the way to a third-round knockout victory at UFC 221 in Perth. After the fight was over, Romero was visibly limping and unable to standup on one leg, leading to rumors that he might have a broken leg or foot. "He was the champion in Strikeforce and in the UFC".
Romero only took the fight at short notice after Australian Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw last month after contracting a staph infection. 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.
Prior to his loss to Whittaker, Romero was on a wild eight-fight streak, highlighted by triumphs over Brad Tavares, Tim Kennedy, Lyoto Machida, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, and former champ Chris Weidman.
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Hunt had Blaydes on wobbly legs in the first round, shocking the former collegiate wrestler with his famed power punches.
Hunt rocked Blaydes in the first with a pair of big rights, but Blaydes followed up with a takedown. Check out the UFC 221 post-fight bonuses below.
The main card, which kicks off with a light-heavyweight bout between Tyson Pedro and Saparbek Safarov, commences at 3:00am BST.
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But the massive Cuban will get the opportunity to fight for the only belt that matters after knocking out Rockhold with two crushing left hands.
Up next in the octagon......
So it seems we're getting Whittaker vs Romero as the next fight for the UFC Middleweight Championship, but when that fight will happen remains to be seen as it appears both fighters are on the shelf at the moment following last night's event.
Then the action switches to Orlando, Florida, for UFC on FOX on 24 February, as rising featherweight contender Josh Emmett looks to continue his run of good form against perennial contender Jeremy Stephens.More news: Health officials: Third NYC child dies of the flu
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