Yoel Romero Viciously Puts Luke Rockhold To Sleep With Brutal Punches

The KO was the biggest win of Romero's career.

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

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. It was close to even through two rounds before Romero dropped Rockhold with a left hand behind the ear early in the third.

Despite tipping the scales heavy, Romero is set to face full-champion Whittaker as confirmed by Dana White who spoke at the post-fight press conference. Whittaker has the unenviable task of defeating Romero for an interim title, and now defeating him again in an immediate rematch in his first defense. So you have to wonder if maybe we've seen the last of Rockhold competing as a middleweight. This flash knockout over Rockhold did just that, and while he might be an underdog against Whittaker, it's impossible to deny his chances. However, several medical issues forced Whittaker off the card, forcing UFC officials to book Rockhold against Romero instead. There's no doubt though that the re-shuffling of UFC 221 has led to a very messy situation at the top of the middleweight division.

Meanwhile, the 40-year-old returns to the win column while improving his professional MMA record to 13-2 (9-1 in UFC).

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Rockhold and Romero eventually agreed to fight shortly before the card was scheduled to begin. However, with the Cuban missing weight, now. But this is a sport, and part of the sport is making weight. Relying heavily on his right jab, Rockhold refused to let Romero corner him against the fence. The problem is no one else stands out as the next contender in line.

Round 2: With one round under their belt, Romero opened up with a hurricane of punches, sending Rockhold back.

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