In the headline-bout Cuban middleweight Yoel Romero stopped the former champion in the division American Luke Rockhold in the third round. Romero was unable to make weight last night, so only Rockhold is eligible to claim the crown if he wins. After splitting the first two frames on most scorecards, Romero eliminate the need for the judges in the third, icing Rockhold with two ideal shots that left him slumped over and sleep along the fence. After Whittaker had to withdraw due to illness and injury, Yoel Romero stepped in to face Rockhold in what was supposed to be an interim title fight.
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As impressive as the performance was, it's hard to reward someone with a title fight after missing weight, even considering Romero took the fight on relatively short notice.
After a tentative opening round, Romero, a Miami resident by way of Cuba, picked up the pace in the second, darting into range and landing punches in bunches on Rockhold (16-4), a former UFC and Strikeforce champ from Santa Cruz, Calif. Rockhold has the more well-rounded game, but Romero has the more risky power. A giant overhand left was followed up with a right uppercut and the referee had no option but to step in and save the dazed Rockhold.
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"I want to say I am so sorry that cutting weight was so bad for me", Romero (13-2) said. Eventually he backed Luke up to the cage and unleashed an amazingly powerful left hand that slept Luke Rockhold!
Romero missed out on the opportunity to win some hardware in the main event, though. Mark Hunt and his team, are among a regular group of world-class athletes who spend time there during fight camps.
"We trained very good for this fight", Romero, through his translator, told FS1 after the fight. No question. It's going to be interesting to see what comes next for Rockhold. He has fought just two times since he won the title in December of 2015.