nsucurrent.com
nsucurrent.com February 26, 2018


No interim belt, no problem: Romero KOs Rockhold at UFC 221

12 February 2018, 01:18 | Nina Perez

UFC 221 Live Stream: Watch Romero vs Rockhold online

UFC 221 Predictions: Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold 2/10/18

In order to maintain (or at least portray) some semblance of order, the UFC created an interim title fight between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero last July. The Soldier of God caught Rockhold with a huge overhand left; dropping the latter, following which he landed an uppercut to the jaw when Rockhold was already slumped against the fence; putting out his lights out. Whittaker previously defeated Romero by decision to become interim champion.

And there was good news for British fans, as lightweight veteran Ross "The Real Deal" Pearson produced a solid performance to earn a unanimous decision with scores of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 as he ended a run of four straight defeats with a hard-earned win over Japanese fighter Mizuto Hirota.

Rockhold and Romero eventually agreed to fight shortly before the card was scheduled to begin.

Whittaker won a tough five-round fight against Romero to claim the interim title at UFC 213. However, Romero had an extra two hours of weight cutting and will have to fight less than 24 hours later.

Why they should fight: After a layoff of more than 14 months, Safarov finally resumed his UFC career with a bout against Tyson Pedro, but it didn't go very well for him.




Both fighters were transported to hospital immediately after the event - Romero suffered a shin injury so severe he had to be assisted out of the cage by his team. The look on Rockhold's face as Romero tried to profess his "love" was sheer anguish.

Another said: "Second punch wasn't a finisher, it was an assassination".

"It seems to make intuitive sense - the No.1 and No.2 competing", UFC senior vice president David Shaw said.

It was a big night for the Australian stars on the main card in Perth, with all three home fighters picking up impressive victories.

Romero missed out on the opportunity to win some hardware in the main event, though. Romero showed signs of figuring out Rockhold's timing; he had brief spurts of action in a round that would be hard to score but probably went to the former UFC champion. His next fight would be a good time to start, and after taking tough bouts, Golm (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) would be an appropriate but winnable matchup for him.



Other News

Trending Now

Olympian Shani Davis Slams Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer Coin Toss
Mashable has reached out to Team USA for comment and will update this post pending any further information. Despite that resume, Hamlin - who is retiring after the Olympics - never thought she would be the pick.

Todd Frazier signs with the Mets for 2 years, $17 million
Todd Frazier agreed to a two-year deal worth $17 million with the New York Mets , The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Monday. Otherwise this might be the high water mark of their offseason.

Here's what North Korea's military parade looks like today
The US "will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games". One of Kim's close aides, Choe Ryong Hae, and Kim Yong Nam were also in attendance.

Wayne Rooney Predicts The Premier League's Top Four For This Season
He said: "For me, Sanchez is the ideal player for Manchester United ". He told Sky Sports , "Tevez would be my preferred partner".

Gun accidentally discharged in LA girl's backpack, police say
Mayor Eric Garcetti told local news channel KABC-TV at the scene that it was unclear if the shooting was accidental. The suspect reportedly asked him to hide the gun for her but he said he refused.

Celebrity Big Brother star Omarosa says she was 'haunted' by Trump's tweets
On Tuesday night's episode , Mathews continued asking about Omarosa's former boss, including whether she would vote for him again. She compared Pulliam's support for disgraced actor Bill Cosby during his sexual assault trial, to her former support for Trump .

COAS attends funeral prayers of martyred security personnel in Peshawar
Prime Minister Abbasi said the war against terrorism will continue till the elimination of the last terrorist from Pakistan. The bomb exploded on Saturday evening when the soldiers were playing volleyball after duty in the unit's sports area.

Child porn circulating on Facebook
Tony Garrett with Central Alabama CrimeStoppers told TV station WHNT that people are sharing the video with the best intentions. We have also notified the Detroit Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation after receiving the video.

Winter weather advisory issued for Saturday night, Sunday morning
Central Indiana may see several hours of light freezing rain starting early Sunday morning and continuing through mid-morning. We should see a little more than what we got last Tuesday , but it will NOT be an ice storm causing power outages.

Freezing rain warning issued for Toronto and GTA
The agency warns that driving conditions could be hazardous and the weather conditions could contribute to transportation delays. Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain failing in sub-zero temperature creates ice buildup and icy surfaces.