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Dana White Confirms Yoel Romero Will Fight Robert Whittaker Next

11 February 2018

The action took place inside Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.

In the main event of last night's (Sat. February 10, 2018) UFC 221 pay-per-view (PPV) from Perth, Australia Yoel Romero defeated ex-UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. Rockhold was off to a good start going to the leg kicks, but Romero used this as an opportunity to gauge his opponent's strategy.

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Robert Whittaker was originally expected to face Georges St-Pierre for the title, but St-Pierre vacated it and Whittaker, the interim champion, became the undisputed champion. An Interim title bout was set up between former champ Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero, but since the latter missed weight, only Rockhold will be eligible to win the title.

As for Rockhold, after losing the middleweight title in devastating fashion against Michael Bisping, injuries kept him on the shelf for over a year, before his come back, last September, to take on David Branch. This is where Rockhold started to go to the jab a bit more.

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Romero (13-2) knocked out Rockhold with a monstrous left hand at the 1:48 mark of the third round.

Romero needed assistance leaving the cage with a badly injured leg and will likely need some time off to recover. However, it all unraveled when the American Top Team brute split the air with a jarring left cross that sent Rockhold to the canvas in a dazed and defenseless state. A followup uppercut and some strikes ended the fight. The 40-year-old Romero, who won a gold medal in wrestling at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, stepped into the fight at short notice. "I'm very happy because I fight this time with the best". "We had a plan laid out and we got a call from UFC and we knew that we were only two pounds overweight, but do you seriously think if I would have been fighting in Orlando I would have had this issue?"

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Dana White Confirms Yoel Romero Will Fight Robert Whittaker Next