Yoel Romero Wrecks Luke Rockhold In The Third Round At UFC 221

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UFC 221 Predictions: Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold 2/10/18

Last night, in the main event of UFC 221, former Olympic wrestler Yoel Romero picked up one of the best wins of his wonderful career thus far, knocking out former UFC and Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold with a brutal, third-round salvo.

Rockhold (16-3) is a former UFC Middleweight Champion that was originally scheduled to face Robert Whittaker for the championship. Due to failing to make weight, Romero was not eligible to win the interim middleweight title. After splitting the first two frames on most scorecards, Romero eliminate the need for the judges in the third, icing Rockhold with two flawless shots that left him slumped over and sleep along the fence.

Following tonight's fight, UFC President Dana White went on to confirm that Romero would get his chance in the Octagon against Whittaker again in a rematch of the two men's fight of last July in which Romero suffered a loss by unanimous decision.

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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. He connected with a double jab and then fired an overhand left that dropped Rockhold onto the seat of his trousers near the cage. Rockhold is a long fighter with very good striking and solid grappling. The problem? Romero missed weight.

At this point, someone should probably offer a college course on understanding the UFC's middleweight division.

OFFICIAL SCORECARD: Yoel Romero def. Luke Rockhold via KO (punches).

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Romero vs. Rockhold, presented by AirAsia, will air live, February 11 at 11AM (local time, GMT+8) with prelims starting at 9AM (local time, GMT+8) on Fox Sports 1.

As for Rockhold, after losing the middleweight title in devastating fashion against Michael Bisping, injuries kept him on the shelf for over a year, before his come back, last September, to take on David Branch. Mark Hunt and his team, are among a regular group of world-class athletes who spend time there during fight camps. "He wants to stand and bang, He's the better striker, he's a veteran, but I didn't want to play his game. So there's a bit of time to figure out what's going to happen in the weight division".

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