Yoel Romero scores a huge knock-out victory over Luke Rockhold, but at what cost?
Did the ‘Soldier of God’ suffer a broken leg in last nights main event?
Yoel Romero earned a huge victory last night as he knocked out former middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold in the third round of their main event at UFC 221. However, the ‘Soldier of God’ thinks he may have a broken leg.
Romero told interviewer Megan Olivi on the FS1 post-fight show that he believes a pair of Rockhold kicks in the first round are what did the damage.
“Yes, I think in the first round I took two kicks and I’m pretty sure that it broke my leg” Romero said through a translator.
Romero could not stand up for the post-fight interview with Jon Anik in the octagon and he had to be helped out of the cage by his team.
Romero was also unable to stand for the post-fight show interview and was taken to the hospital shortly afterwards. He did not attend the post-fight press conference.
Despite his heroics of getting through this injury victorious, the win didn’t get him the interim 185-pound title as was expected.
Romero was expected to be competing with Rockhold for the interim belt in the absence of current middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, but he missed the 185-pound championship limit, therefore being ineligible to win the title.
Despite missing weight, this victory will more than likely put him next in line for a shot at the middleweight belt, setting up a rematch between him and the champ.
“I want to say that I am so sorry for missing weight, cutting weight is so bad for me” Romero said. “That is the first time in my career and it shut my body down.”
“You know Rockhold is a very good athlete and a great fighter” Romero said. “He was a champion in Strikeforce and UFC. I am very happy, I want to fight the best in my division.”
That victory puts the Cuban’s record to 13-2, defeat for Rockhold means that he has lost 2 of his last 3 inside the octagon.