UFC 221 Predictions: Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold 2/10/18

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Romero, taking a page out of his opponent's playbook, began attacking Rockhold's lead leg with kicks before exploding with a flurry of punches. After fending off myriad takedown attempts in the opening round, Adesanya started piecing up Rob Wilkinson in the second, eventually bringing the fight to a close with a patient, punishing onslaught along the fence. After splitting the first two frames on most scorecards, Romero eliminate the need for the judges in the third, icing Rockhold with two flawless shots that left him slumped over and sleep along the fence.

Some fans are saying Romero should be punished for missing weight - more or less ignoring the fact he already was.

UFC 221 Perth live updates, results, stream, video: Yoel Romero vs Luke Rockhold, Mark Hunt vs Curtis Blaydes - get all the action and news here!. "I had no worries whatsoever in terms of cardio".

Weight, not cardio ended up preventing Romero from leaving the octagon with a belt around his waist. But even considering all of that, it still sends a really bad message to the rest of the roster when a fighter can miss weight and still earn a title shot. He initially weighed 188 pounds but got down to only 187.7 with a two-hour allotment.

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"Poor Rockhold didn't wanna be rude but it looked like he wanted to shove Yoel out of his face", wrote one viewer. "Some (expletive) as usual".

Had Romero made weight, I would have likely leaned toward him. The UFC announced that he also had to forfeit 30 percent of his purse to Rockhold.

The first Whittaker-Romero went the distance and Whittaker won a unanimous decision in a bout that was named Fight of the Year.

Romero again cemented his status as the number one contender to middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, with speculation of a rematch looming. He has since returned to training.

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At 40, every fight is a precious thing for the 2000 Olympic silver medalist.

After beating Michael Bisping to claim UFC gold in the 185lbs division, the Canadian superstar shortly vacated the title with UFC promoting Whittaker to undisputed status, scheduling him against Luke Rockhold. Rockhold is a long fighter with very good striking and solid grappling.

Hunt landed a huge shot to drop Blaydes early in the fight, prompting Blaydes to turn to his wrestling. A knee injury forced Rockhold to withdraw from a fight with Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza later that year.

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