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  • UFC 221 results: Full winners, analysis and reaction from Romero vs. Rockhold

While Yoel Romero initially feared the worst regarding his injured leg following his win over Luke Rockhold at UFC 221, it now appears that the Cuban will have a short recovery.

Luke Rockhold can win the interim middleweight title but Romero won't claim the belt if he wins the fight. 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. "I happened to work really fast to get all this done for this fight, it messed up a little bit my plans for the weight cut". A powerful wrestler, Romero has developed some powerful striking over the years. Romero was originally scheduled to face David Branch at UFC on Fox 28 in Orlando, Fla., on February 24 before he accepted the fight against Rockhold.

Then, with Rockhold stunned up against the fence, Romero unloaded a crushing left uppercut that knocked the Californian out cold for one of the most devastating knockouts seen in the octagon so far this year.


Had he beaten Romero, Rockhold might have made a decision to stick around for a crack at Whittaker but after falling to his second defeat in three fights, a move 20lbs north can't be far away for the 33-year-old veteran. Remaining on the outside, Romero slapped in a right jab.

Rockhold appears to be in good spirits, though, who took to social media to congratulate the victor. Saturday night, the ageless Cubam middleweight collected the most impressive finish of his career, dropping former champ Luke Rockhold with a clean overhand left before smashing home a clubbing left to close out the proceedings.

In this fight, Romero will need to conserve his energy. As Romero so often does, he came to life in the second round. However despite the incredible victory, one has to wonder what's next for Yoel Romero. Although these weren't massive fights for the mainstream audience or perhaps even some hardcore fans, this is exactly why these three were on the main card. That performance foreshadowed the finishing sequence in the third, as Rockhold found himself looking up at the lights before he knew what hit him.

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