UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold Fight Pass Recap and Results

Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem

UFC 211 was rumored to be headlined by a Middleweight title unification bout between Undisputed Champion Georges St. Pierre and Interim Champion Robert Whittaker, health issues have rendered both of them unable to compete.

Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) stopped Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) with a third-round knockout in Saturday's pay-per-view headliner, which took place at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia.

UFC 221 is in the books and Yoel Romero earned a spectacular knockout victory over Luke Rockhold.

But Cuba's Romero was ineligible to claim the interim title when he missed the weight at Friday's weigh-ins. He scored points in the form of leg kicks and a steady jab, but he never completely settled into a rhythm. Whittaker, however, was forced off the card because of an injury, and the UFC replaced him with Romero.

In the co-main event, Mark Hunt returns to the cage after a lengthy absence to take on Curtis Blaydes. This was the first time in my career I could not get my body down.

A rocky relationship with the UFC has kept Hunt out of action for the past 18 months, however he has a chance to prove he's still one of the world's best heavyweights and get back in the title picture. Jake Matthews made it two for two for home fighters with a unanimous points win over China's Li Jingliang in a welterweight bout. He has only two fights left on his contract and now seems unlikely to be awarded a late title shot at the end of a long and successful career.

The fireworks came just before that bout though, when two more unknown heavyweights in Tai Tuivasa and Cyril Asker battled it out. It was a very impressive submission, with Pedro guarding against multiple instances of Safarov trying to roll out.

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