Yoel Romero lands stunning knockout on Luke Rockhold at UFC 221

Israel Adesanya

UFC 221 featured half of an interim UFC Middleweight Championship fight, that actually ended up being not a title fight at all. With 90 seconds left, Romero landed with a left hand and backed Rockhold up. The Australian captured the then-interim middleweight title in his win over Romero and was later promoted to undisputed champion after Georges St-Pierre was forced to vacate his title.

The pair traded vicious leg kicks throughout the first round, with Rockhold bleeding from his shin and Romero walking with a noticeable limp.

Romero continued to blast away at Rockhold to the head and body as he looked for the knockout.

In the latter half of the round, Romero started to explode forward, landing a big overhand left followed by several stinging leg kicks of his own. Rockhold did a good job surviving the barrage but it was clear he didn't like getting trapped while eating those punishing shots.

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As soon as Romero saw an opening in Rockhold's defense, he leapt forward with a monstrous left hand that floored the former champion against the cage.

He knocked Rockhold to the ground with a swinging left punch in the third round before delivering a heavy uppercut while Rockhold sat stunned to end the contest.

Romero apologized after the bout for not making weight and promised it would never happen again.

The win creates a bit of a mess in the 185lb weight class. Romero lost to middleweight champion Robert Whittaker just one fight ago. Who takes the likely rematch between Whittaker and Romero?

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