UFC 221: Yoel Romero turns off Luke Rockhold's lights in third round

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

Romero again cemented his status as the number one contender to middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, with speculation of a rematch looming.

Then, Romero missed weight ahead of UFC 221, which meant he was ineligible to win the belt.

Romero has received criticism for his cardio - fading in the later rounds against Robert Whittaker a year ago - but he remained powerful and explosive enough to land a brutal knockout blow with 1min 28 seconds left in the round. "I think we've got a few factors that are going to allow us for some time, and first and foremost, it's that Rob can't really fight for a few months, so there's a bit of time to figure out what happens in the middleweight division".

This now marks the fourth professional loss of Rockhold's career. All the UFC has to do is show the replay of him knocking out Rockhold to get fans interested.

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. The round mostly consisted of Rockhold attempting to use his kicks to cover range and Romero using flurries in order to try and hurt Rockhold, before becoming more passive.

Romero - competing on a broken right leg sustained in the first round - proved he has fists of fury, as well.

Obviously, this isn't a good look and it's even worse when there are questionable scorecards and especially awful when those scorecards land in favor of an Australian or New Zealand-based fighter, as they did in the opening bout of the evening. It was a bout for the UFC Interim Middleweight Championship, or at least it was for Rockhold.

Had Romero made weight, I would have likely leaned toward him.

In this fight, Romero will need to conserve his energy. The event was capped off with a violent third round knockout by Yoel Romero. Rockhold last fought in September, when he scored a second-round TKO over David Branch. Looking to avoid more damage Rockhold circled away as Romero chased him down against the fence.

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