UFC 221 Results: Biggest Winners and losers from the PPV
UFC returned to the land down under and it had everything that a fight fan would expect from an explosive card -- highlight reel finishes, some back-and-forth action, and the inevitable controversies
The main event of the evening saw Yoel Romero put Luke Rockhold to sleep with a trademark flurry of punches followed by one hell of an uppercut. The Soldier of God, however, left the arena without the interim middleweight title around his waist as he failed to make weight on Friday, deeming him ineligible to capture the belt.
In the co-main event, Curtis Blaydes survived an early scare to see off the legendary Mark Hunt in a fight that went the distance. There were three other fights that constituted the main card besides the undercard that made for an entertaining PPV.
Here's who gained and lost the most from the latest UFC offering:
Honorable mention: New Zealander of Nigerian descent, Israel Adesanya made a triumphant UFC debut by finishing Rob Wilkinson in the prelims. His 12th consecutive finish garnered the sensational young talent the performance of the night bonus.
Winner #1: Yoel Romero
The former Olympian could have won a UFC title at the ripe old age of 40 had he cut an extra 2.7 pounds. Dana White, though, has confirmed that the Soldier of God will get to avenge his loss against Robert Whittaker after rampaging to a win against Rockhold.
Romero stormed through to a victory despite suffering a broken leg in the first round, speaking volumes of his toughness and determination. A guaranteed title shot makes the Cuban native the biggest winner of the night.
All we got to do is to pray to the MMA gods for The Reaper's well being.