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Santa Cruz's Luke Rockhold TKO'd by Cuban Yoel Romero in third round

12 February, 2018, 01:27 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • UFC 221 Predictions: Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold 2/10/18

However, Romero, an Olympic Silver medalist in freestyle wrestling, missed weight at 187.7-pounds, meaning he was ineligible to win the interim title.

He hasn't fought since winning the belt.

However, this is no longer the case, as according to ESPN's Brett Okamoto, Romero will still have a chance to face Whittaker for the UFC Middleweight title as the UFC president said after the fight yesterday that Romero will fight Whittaker next despite the fact he didn't win an interim title. The Soldier of God lost to middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in 2017 and needed to look like a killer at UFC 221 in order to ignite interest in a rematch.

According to the latest oddsmakers at YouWager, Rockhold is favored to win this fight, as he has odds of -185 to win, while Romero is being given a money line of +150 to prevail. The rest of athletes didn't attend the post-fight press conference. Romero carries a lot of muscle weight, however, which could be a factor if this fight lags on.

In the co-main event of the evening American heavyweight Curtis Blaydes overcame an early scare to score the biggest victory of his MMA career as he outpointed Kiwi legend Mark "Super Samoan" Hunt after a gruelling three-round battle. "I'm very happy because I fight this time with the best".

Blaydes is on his way up in the division, while Hunt is fighting off retirement. He continued to display development to his game in his fight with Jingliang, especially when he stayed composed to fight through a nasty intentional eye-gauge. It was the flawless way to put his UFC 215 defeat against Ilir Latifi behind him, and it showed why he's considered a potential future player in the light-heavyweight division.

"It was just there", he said of the maneuver. The time of the finish was 1:48 of the third.

After a tentative opening round, Romero, a Miami resident by way of Cuba, picked up the pace in the second, darting into range and landing punches in bunches on Rockhold (16-4), a former UFC and Strikeforce champ from Santa Cruz, Calif. 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.

Come fight night, Australia will be represented by Tai Tuivasa, Jake Matthews and Tyson Pedro, who lock horns with Cyril Asker, Li Jingling and Saparbek Safarov respectively.

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