Romero knocks Rockhold out cold in the third round

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The main event of UFC 221 in Perth, Australia featured a middleweight interim title fight between Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero. However because Romero missed weight, only Rockhold was eligible to become interim champion.

Yoel Romero scored an impressive knockout of Luke Rockhold in the main event of UFC 221 on Saturday night, the sort which reminded everyone he’s one of mixed martial arts’ most ruthless finishers.

But the victory didn’t earn him a title belt.

Romero was supposed to fight Rockhold for the interim UFCmiddleweight championship in Perth, Australia. But he missed the 185-pound championship weight limit, coming in at 187.7, and as such was not eligible to win the gold.

Still, Romero’s win was nonetheless impressive, as he used a giant overhand left followed by an uppercut to the downed Rockhold to finish the former Strikeforce and UFC champion at the 1:48 mark of the third round.



Round 3 – Rockhold opens with the jab. He’s getting a little busier with his hands. Couple of jabs end with a low kick. Romero walking forward and looking for an opportunity to explode, but Rockhold using the jab. Romero to the body. He leaps forward with a right hand. Big left hand over the top sends Rockhold to the floor, and the follow up is dead on. Left hand on the floor puts Rockhold out could. Vicious finish.


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Official Result: Yoel Romero defeated Luke Rockhold by Knockout (Round 3, Punch, 1:48)