With the win, however, Romero may well have earned himself a shot at undisputed champion Robert Whittaker and a chance to avenge the only defeat of his ten-fight stint in the UFC anyway. Sydney slugger Mark Hunt (13-12-1, 1 NC) is one of the sport's most beloved fighters, but the heavyweight turns 44 next month, and his age showed in a one-sided loss to Chicago's Curtis Blaydes (9-1, 1 NC). We will bring you all the results starting at 3:30 PM Pacific Time.
The fight was highly entertaining and featured both competitors come close to finishing the bout on multiple occasions.
"Hey he came out like I know he would, swinging for the fences, trying to knock me out", Blaydes said afterwards.
After the fight, Romero said he believed he suffered a broken leg in the first round, due to consistent leg kicks from Rockhold.
Whittaker was initially meant to fight Rockhold in Perth on Sunday in what would have been his first title defence.
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He hasn't fought since winning the belt. However despite the wonderful victory, one has to wonder what's next for Yoel Romero. After splitting the first two frames on most scorecards, Romero eliminate the need for the judges in the third, icing Rockhold with two ideal shots that left him slumped over and sleep along the fence.
But when Whittaker contracted a staph infection and was forced to pull out in January, Romero stepped in on short notice.
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. "That is the first time in my career it shut my body down".
After Rockhold had gathered some of his scattered bearings, Romero tried to console him, something that made for a hard watch. He owns KO wins over the likes of Tim Kennedy, Lyoto Machida and Chris Weidman.
Tyson Pedro kicked off the main card by gripping and ripping a nasty kimura on Saparbek Safarov.