Jussier Formiga's Stellar Finish Tops UFC 221 Post-Fight Bonuses

NEW YORK NY — NOVEMBER 12 Yoel Romero of Cuba reacts against Chris Weidman of the United States in their middleweight bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden

"Rockhold is a very good fighter, former UFC champion and Strikeforce champion, and I'm very happy that I fought the best in my division", said Romero, who is expected to get a shot at champion Robert Whittaker.

In other action, UFC veteran and Aussie favourite Mark Hunt was beaten via a unanimous decision by Curtis Blaydes in their heavyweight contest. We will bring you all the results starting at 3:30 PM Pacific Time.

While not the strongest card on paper, UFC 221 actually ended up delivering a night of entertaining fights from Down Under. For Blaydes, he takes another step forward in his development and turns back one of the most seasoned fighters in the division.

Welcome to the coverage of today's UFC event on Perth.

- Yoel Romero def. Luke Rockhold, middleweights, KO, third round (1:28).

It all goes down later tonight (Sat., Feb. 10, 2018) at UFC 221 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Perth Arena in Perth, Australia, as former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold takes another shot at divisional gold when he takes on 185-pound tank Yoel Romero for interim title rights. It was close to even through two rounds before Romero dropped Rockhold with a left hand behind the ear early in the third. Second, I'm so sorry for the weight cut.

Yoel Romero stands over Luke Rockhold after dropping him
Yoel Romero stands over Luke Rockhold after dropping him

Rockhold, ranked No. 2, was expecting to put on a better showing than his last fight, when he earned a second-round TKO over David Branch at UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh on September 16.

But this win shows that Romero can never be counted out so long as he remains standing.

"Rockhold is a very good athlete and an incredible fighter", Romero said after the fight. Meanwhile, Rockhold will be looking to wear Romero out and finish this one in impressive fashion.

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

Tai Tuivasa made it three straight by beating the breaks off Cyril Asker, hurting the Frenchman early before felling him with big lead elbows along the cage.

As it turns out, the Western Australia Combat Sports Commission doesn't release the names of the judges scoring the fights at ringside or provide a breakdown of how they scored each frame.

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