Yoel Romero Feared Broken Leg After UFC 221 Victory
Yoel Romero Feared Broken Leg After UFC 221 Victory
John Wayne Parr, Chris Weidman
12 February, 2018, 01:17
It was a bittersweet performance for Romero, however, as he missed weight on Friday, nullifying his opportunity to win the interim title that was supposed to be at stake and making it hard to hustle him into a rematch with Robert Whittaker whenever the middleweight champ is ready to return.
Yoel Romero (13-2) broke what appeared to be a pretty even fight wide open in the main event of UFC 221 Saturday night, knocking out former Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (16-4). 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. The Soldier of God caught Rockhold with a huge overhand left; dropping the latter, following which he landed an uppercut to the jaw when Rockhold was already slumped against the fence; putting out his lights out. "He was the champion in Strikeforce and in the UFC". All the UFC has to do is show the replay of him knocking out Rockhold to get fans interested. After Whittaker had to withdraw due to illness and injury, Yoel Romero stepped in to face Rockhold in what was supposed to be an interim title fight.
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But when Whittaker contracted a staph infection and was forced to pull out in January, Romero stepped in on short notice.
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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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No fighter could get the upper hand in the opening round but Romero unleashed a flurry of punches in the second to put Rockhold on the back foot.
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