Prior to the fight taking place, Romero came in almost three pounds over the 185-pound limit on his second attempt at Friday's weigh-in, meaning not only did he lose 30 percent of his purse to Rockhold, but he also lost his chance to win the interim UFC Middleweight Championship. 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. UFC®, the worlds premier mixed martial arts organization, is hosting its first-ever live event at West Australia in front of a sell-out crowd at the Perth Arena on Sunday, February 11.
If you haven't already heard, the Main Event is now a catchweight fight after Yoel Romero missed weight by two-pounds.
"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. After throwing two right jabs that didn't touch Rockhold, Romero landed a vicious left hook that floored a backpedaling opponent. We trained very good for this fight.
Yoel Romero scored an early candidate for 2018's Knockout of the Year against Luke Rockhold. I thought the fight itself was pretty dynamic.
Meanwhile, the 40-year-old returns to the win column while improving his professional MMA record to 13-2 (9-1 in UFC). I want to play my game. "I just knew he wasn't going to go real low on my legs, so ripped it off and I tried to take the arm home with me". The time of the finish was 1:48 of the third. Romero was originally scheduled to face David Branch at UFC on Fox 28 in Orlando, Fla., on February 24 before he accepted the fight against Rockhold. That was the first of nine takedowns during the fight, as Blaydes cruised to a unanimous decision on a pair of 30-26s and a 29-27.
Jake Matthews followed it up by delivering his most complete and impressive performance to date, surviving a nasty eye gauge to sweep the scorecards against Li Jingliang.
Tyson Pedro kicked off the main card by gripping and ripping a nasty kimura on Saparbek Safarov.
Tai Tuivasa made it three straight by beating the breaks off Cyril Asker, hurting the Frenchman early before felling him with big lead elbows along the cage.