UFC 221 takeaways: Romero ices Rockhold, youngsters shine in Perth
12 February, 2018, 01:29 | Author: John Swanson
Yoel Romero in a middleweight bout headlines the UFC 221 pay-per-view card from Perth, Australia. Both camps hesitated to accept the amended terms, which called for Rockhold to get 30 percent of Romero's purse and called for only Rockhold to fight for the interim belt.
In the second, Romero rushed his man early and fired a barrage of shots that pinned Rockhold against the fence but the Cuban didn't land anything really hurtful and Rockhold was eventually able to find an escape route, allowing him to take things back into the centre of the cage. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it's time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard's shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 221's winning fighters.
After the fight, the 40-year-old apologized to his fans for failing to make the weight cut for the fight, saying afterward: "I'm not necessarily sure what went wrong".
"I'm so sorry for Robert Whittaker", Romero said post-victory. However, an injury caused Whitaker to be bumped for Romero. He has no history of missing weight, other than last weekend. Whittaker then became full champion after Georges St-Pierre relinquished the middleweight title.
UFC 221 - When and where is it taking place? He has a unsafe style and a high ceiling, and fighters like that are exactly what the UFC needs at this point - particularly at heavyweight.
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 United States fighter's favour. Knowing the UFC, odds are Romero's weight miss will be swept under the rug. "He wants to stand and bang, He's the better striker, he's a veteran, but I didn't want to play his game".
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By failing to make weight, Romero gave up any shot to claim the interim belt.
Obviously, this isn't a good look and it's even worse when there are questionable scorecards and especially awful when those scorecards land in favor of an Australian or New Zealand-based fighter, as they did in the opening bout of the evening. The problem is no one else stands out as the next contender in line. That said, the chances of his getting the next crack at Whittaker do seem good.
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