UFC 221: Luke Rockhold vs Yoel Romero

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Several of them, in fact.

Scores were 98-92 across the board for the 49-year-old Jones, a four-division world champion who walks away from the sport with a record of 66-9 with 47 KOs.

Bloodied and with a lump on his right temple, the Santa Cruz native was TKO'd in the third round by Yoel Romero, a renowned wrestler out of Cuba.

According to the latest oddsmakers at YouWager, Rockhold is favored to win this fight, as he has odds of -185 to win, while Romero is being given a money line of +150 to prevail. We had a week plan laid out and we got a call from the UFC and we knew there was going to be a little bit of a problem, but we didn't think there was actually going to be a problem come weight day. His barrage continued until a fight stoppage was called with 3:16 left in Round 3. But when it comes down to it, Romero missed weight and as impressive as the performance was against Rockhold, it's hard to reward him for coming in at 187.7lbs, 2.7lbs above the 185lbs middleweight title fight limit. And that's what he got.

None of that mattered to Romero once the fight started.

After the fight, Romero said he believed he suffered a broken leg in the first round, due to consistent leg kicks from Rockhold.

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Making his UFC debut on commentary, Jimmy Smith noted in the second that Rockhold seemed content at boxing range. He also did the UFC a solid by taking the fight with Rockhold on a month's notice, which has to be considered. "I had six- and seven-round sparrings". "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. "The Soldier of God" was therefore ineligible to win the interim belt. He initially weighed 188 pounds but got down to only 187.7 with a two-hour allotment. "Some (expletive) as usual".

Watch UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold live stream online, fight time.

According to the UFC's David Shaw, it's still possible Romero could get the title shot when UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker returns later this year from injury. He has since returned to training.

But the 26-year old American played it wisely and changed things up, taking Hunt down to the canvas, where the two spent most of the remainder of the fight as Blaydes superior fitness eventually told, the judges scoring it 30-26, 30-26 and 29-27 in the U.S. fighter's favour.

That fight could take place as early as June.

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