Nevertheless, one ought to note that since Romero missed weight he wasn't eligible to win the Interim UFC Middleweight title. 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.
The first Whittaker-Romero went the distance and Whittaker won a unanimous decision in a bout that was named Fight of the Year.
The preliminary fights will get underway at 11:30pm BST on Saturday night.
Yoel Romero scored a vicious knock-out victory against Luke Rockhold to steal the show in the main event to remind fans of his remarkable punching power.
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.
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UFC president Dana White reportedly responded to a text message from ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto, saying, "Yes", the plan is for Romero to face Whittaker next. Rockhold struck first with a series of quick leg kicks. Rockhold is a long fighter with very good striking and solid grappling.
Rockhold (16-4) applied the pressure in Round 1 in his attempt to break down his opponent and claim the interim belt. Remaining on his feet, Rockhold pushed Romero away with a left jab to the nose before following up with a straight left to the midsection as the clock hit the 90-second mark.
Hunt, 43, has now lost two of his last three fights. "We worked the same as we do for every [fight]", Romero said about his weight cut.
After Rockhold had gathered some of his scattered bearings, Romero tried to console him, something that made for a hard watch.
On the preliminary card, Jussier Formiga and Israel Adesanya made statements, with Formiga choking Ben Nguyen unconscious after dropping him with a spinning backfist.
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