UFC 221: Romero stuns Rockhold with crushing KO despite suspected 'broken leg'

UFC 221: Romero stuns Rockhold with crushing KO despite suspected 'broken leg'

Prior to the fight taking place, Romero came in almost three pounds over the 185-pound limit on his second attempt at Friday's weigh-in, meaning not only did he lose 30 percent of his purse to Rockhold, but he also lost his chance to win the interim UFC Middleweight Championship. He got the TKO stoppage just 2:18 into the first round. Despite winning the fight, Romero won't be crowned the interim champion because he missed weight.

The Cuban wrecking-machine was drafted in on short notice following the withdrawal of champion Robert Whittaker who was supposed to fight Georges St-Pierre.

Romero landed a flurry to the face of Rockhold; landing him in trouble. Rockhold is a very good athlete and an unbelievable fighter. Romero, though, is all about power, and he eventually found a way to use it even though he was limping and his right leg seemed injured.

While many talked about a potential knockout in the penultimate bout between Curtis Blaydes and Mark Hunt, that was a rather ho-hum fight in which the former out-wrestled the latter en route to a very clear unanimous decision win. I want to play my game.

"This is my home", said Tuivasa, a former professional rugby player, after improving to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the UFC.

Taking that in context, here are the five best fights for the UFC to make following UFC 221. It was the ideal 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.

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Blaydes consistently controlled Hunt on the ground en route to his fourth straight win. Pedro locked in a kimura to earn the fifth submission win of his career.

"I'm not necessarily sure what went wrong. I let myself down in the third round last time". 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.

The main card, which kicks off with a light-heavyweight bout between Tyson Pedro and Saparbek Safarov, commences at 3:00am BST.

The welterweight battle between Australian Jake Matthews and Chinese Li Jingliang was proclaimed as the Fight of the Night.

The fireworks came just before that bout though, when two more unknown heavyweights in Tai Tuivasa and Cyril Asker battled it out.

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