UFC 221 Results: Yoel Romero Knocks Luke Rockhold Out UFC…

Mark Hunt punches Derrick Lewis during the UFC Fight Night event in Auckland New Zealand

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

Australasian MMA talent was on full display today with Alex Volkanovski, Israel Adesanya and Luke Jumeau scoring big victories on the UFC 221 preliminary card in Perth. After throwing two right jabs that didn't touch Rockhold, Romero landed a vicious left hook that floored a backpedaling opponent.

Yoel Romero knocked out Luke Rockhold in the main event of UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold on Saturday. The main card will air live on PPV.

Already ranked as the division's number-one contender, Romero's victory is likely to see him installed as the next challenger for the UFC middleweight title, held by Australian Robert Whittaker, who recorded a unanimous decision victory over the Cuban in July past year. However and injury forced Whittaker out and Romero stepped in for an interim title fight.

"Rockhold is a very good athlete and an fantastic fighter", Romero said after the fight. Entering Saturday, Romero posted eight straight wins in the UFC's 185-pound division before falling by unanimous decision to Whittaker, 27, in the Fight of the Night at UFC 213 on July 8.

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Hunt had Blaydes on wobbly legs in the first round, shocking the former collegiate wrestler with his famed power punches.

His scalps include Derek Brunson, Tim Kennedy, Lyoto Machida, "Jacare", Chris Weidman and now Rockhold.

Romero strung together with handsome punching combinations in the second round and followed up with yet another hellacious offensive chain of movements in the third round. Missing weight means he likely is not going to be in great shape for this fight.

As good as Romero is, it's not fair to reward him with a title shot. Rockhold is someone that tends to leave himself open to strikes. The clock is ticking on his career, and any given bout could be his last. That's not a good mix. 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.

"The Soldier of God" adopted a measured pace against Rockhold, and after two competitive rounds, he found the opening he needed in the third stanza.

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