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UFC 221 Post-Fight Bonuses
12 February 2018, 01:19 | Marlene Fleming
UFC 221 Predictions: Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold 2/10/18
Romero used a wicked overhand left to the temple followed by a big left uppercut to the jaw to finish Rockhold at 1:28 of the third round of their UFC 221 main event in Perth, Australia, on Saturday night (Sunday afternoon locally).
Nevertheless, one ought to note that since Romero missed weight he wasn't eligible to win the Interim UFC Middleweight title.
As the fight began it was Rockhold who settled into the bout the quickest, establishing his rhythm and using a combination of left jabs and low kicks to keep Romero on the back foot.
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.
If Romero and Whittaker do indeed fight again, it'll be a rematch of their 2017 bout at UFC 213.
Sure, Romero has already been punished by having 30% of his purse taken away and given to Rockhold, plus he was ineligible for the $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. The fight between Rockhold (16-4) and Romero was supposed to be for the interim middleweight title.
After Rockhold had gathered some of his scattered bearings, Romero tried to console him, something that made for a hard watch.
The Cuban said after the fight that he was "pretty sure he broke his leg" from a Rockhold kick in the opening round. As Romero so often does, he came to life in the second round.
Romero hit the accelerator button in the 3rd round of the fight and finished off his American opponent with a combination which was plastered all over the internet.
But this win shows that Romero can never be counted out so long as he remains standing.
Prior to his loss to Whittaker, Romero was on a wild eight-fight streak, highlighted by triumphs over Brad Tavares, Tim Kennedy, Lyoto Machida, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, and former champ Chris Weidman. In terms of competing, Rockhold was last seen running through David Branch in September. "So there's a bit of time to figure out what's going to happen in the weight division".
Taking that in context, here are the five best fights for the UFC to make following UFC 221.
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