OT: Yoel Romero defeats Luke Rockhold at UFC 221

Submitted by MGoShorts on February 11th, 2018 at 12:59 PM

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Yoel Romero, 185-pound (187.7-pound*) UFC contender and human wrecking machine, defeated Luke Rockhold last night at UFC 221 with an absurd left hook that sent Luke flying into the cage. Luke sat up, and Romero landed one more nasty blow before the ref jumped in.

Rockhold is known for brutal kicks, but he typically works them to the body and then to the head against orthodox fighters. Since Romero also fights out of the southpaw stance, Luke was forced to throw kicks at Romero's front leg. Two of those kicks combined to injure Romero's lead leg, although the extent of it isn't known. Romero was in the hosopital following the fight, so it's safe to assume a bone bruise or fracture.

The middleweight division is now a bit of a mess. It's easily the UFC's most loaded division--Whittaker, Romero, Rockhold, Souza, and Weidman are all elite talents--but the majority are nursing injuries or reeling from recent losses. Regardless, there are a lot of intriguing matchups for the promotion to pursue, and I'm looking forward to it.

Do you see anyone taking control of the 185-pound ranks in 2018?

*Romero missed weight for this fight. Despite knocking Luke to a different dimension, he didn't win the belt and gave up 30% of his earnings to a person he just knocked senseless.

Comments

JTrain

February 11th, 2018 at 1:06 PM ^

Yes. He Fucken thumped him.

I gotta say...I thought Rockhold would give Romero issues. Nope. Romero is a FREAK. The crazy thing is...Romero is 40. Can’t imagine if this guy got into the fight biz (ufc) in his 20’s..... he’s a stud.

MGoShorts

February 11th, 2018 at 1:11 PM ^

Romero's been popped for juicing before; he hasn't taken the avacado smoothie route like Tom Brady.

Biggest issue for Luke was the inability to hammer away with the left leg. Kicking to the closed side is basically useless. He clearly wasn't willing to switch stances, which turned it into a standup boxing match, and we all know Luke's hands are secret trash.

JTrain

February 11th, 2018 at 1:11 PM ^

Romero took the fight on short notice. He didn’t have time for a full camp and to cut weight the way he normally does. Guys like Romero have been cutting weight since they started competing (Romero I believe was a world class ‘rassler for Cuba) and know how to train and cut. They have a system. And to rush through a camp and try and cut...I don’t blame him.

Props to him for taking the fight.

This is the first time he’s ever missed weight.

BlueGoM

February 11th, 2018 at 1:22 PM ^

He beat Rockhold, but he didn't get the belt ? Correct?  He missed weight.  would be interesting to see a rematch when Romero makes weight

 

 

Mercury

February 11th, 2018 at 1:36 PM ^

Damn!! I half expected Rockhold's head to pop off!! That was viscous.

The problem with trying to kick a wrestler like Romero. (Olympic silver medalist), is that it leaves you open to the takedown. And you really don't want that beast on top of you.

Dennis

February 11th, 2018 at 1:42 PM ^

Not a fan of either fighter but nobody who is 40 years old does what Romero does and looks like he does w/out PEDs. Period."Tainted supplements" is a copout. Either make two divisions (one with PEDs and one w/out) or clean up the sport. Brock, Jon Jones, and Vitor are all similar examples.

The Fugitive

February 11th, 2018 at 2:06 PM ^

that's an issue, but another issue for me is that it's oversaturated.  there are a ton of average fighters in the UFC roster so they need to keep having events but the problem with that is the headliners for these Fight Night and Fox events are that they would be decent PPV bouts but not worthy of headlining an event imo.

JTrain

February 11th, 2018 at 2:12 PM ^

I know regarding the juice. F*cker looks gassed up doesn’t he? Funny thing...I wat he’s a YouTube video the other night with John Cena saying he has been clean his whole life. Never juiced. NEVER.

Mmmmmm-Kay John. You must be just one of those naturally big guys. lol. And I do t have a problem with people using that stuff if they want to...but u shouldn’t be allowed to compete in a division WITH guys that DO follow the rules. PERIOD.