UFC 221 Results: Yoel Romero knocks out Luke Rockhold, Curtis Blaydes edges out Mark Hunt
The UFC 221 card that seemingly lacked star-power, delivered in a big way Down Under.
Yoel Romero once again reminded the world just how deadly a finisher he is, as the 40-year old former Olympic medalist obliterated ex-UFC Middleweight kingpin, Luke Rockhold.
On the other hand, while the co-main event of the evening saw a few questionable scorecards drawn out, the rest of the card delivered several action-packed fights.
So, without further ado, here are the complete results for UFC 221—
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#Main Card (PPV)
#1 Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold
Yoel Romero revealed in the post-fight interview on FOX that he indeed suffered from a broken leg in the very first round after getting tagged by a couple of hard low kicks courtesy Luke Rockhold.
The fight was highly entertaining and featured both competitors come close to finishing the bout on multiple occasions. While Romero stunned Rockhold throughout the bout, the former wasn’t fazed by Rockhold’s strikes but almost had to quit the fight in between rounds owing to the aforementioned broken leg.
Rockhold showed great offensive striking and pivoted away from Romero’s hooks masterfully in Round 1. Nevertheless, sensing that the fight could be stopped at any time by the ringside medical team in lieu of the leg injury, Romero moved forward with reckless intent in Round 2.
Romero strung together with beautiful punching combinations in the second round and followed up with yet another hellacious offensive chain of movements in the third round. The Soldier of God caught Rockhold with a huge overhand left; dropping the latter, following which he landed an uppercut to the jaw when Rockhold was already slumped against the fence; putting out his lights out.
Nevertheless, one ought to note that since Romero missed weight he wasn’t eligible to win the Interim UFC Middleweight title. However, UFC President Dana White has indeed alluded to possibly booking Romero in a fight for the Undisputed title against current titleholder Robert Whittaker.
Result: Yoel Romero def. Luke Rockhold via KO (Punches) (Round 3, 1:48)