Yoel Romero (13-2) broke what appeared to be a pretty even fight wide open in the main event of UFC 221 Saturday night, knocking out former Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (16-4).
The fight was to be contested for the interim championship with Robert Whittaker injured and unable to compete. Despite winning the fight, Romero won’t be crowned the interim champion because he missed weight.
Rockhold landed at 185 even, while Romero weighed in at 187.7 pounds. Romero may have earned a date Whittaker, the man who defeated him to claim the title back in July.
He hasn’t fought since winning the belt.