UFC 221: The Real Winners and Losers from Perth, Australia

UFC 221: The Real Winners and Losers from Perth, Australia

Their main event bout in Perth, Australia, was originally set as a battle for the interim UFC middleweight title but Romero, who came into the contest on short notice, was unable to make weight, coming in 2.8lbs over the 185lb championship limit.

Prior to the fight taking place, Romero came in almost three pounds over the 185-pound limit on his second attempt at Friday's weigh-in, meaning not only did he lose 30 percent of his purse to Rockhold, but he also lost his chance to win the interim UFC Middleweight Championship.

The Californian looked to be in trouble but managed to wrap up the Cuban and recover before the two resumed the pattern from round one. Rockhold was definitely the aggressor however, as he pushed the pace and landed numerous kicks to the legs of Romero.

Romero was supposed to be squaring off with Rockhold for the interim belt in the UFC 221 headliner, but after he missed weight on Friday, he was ineligible to win the title and also had to forfeit 30-percent of his fight purse to the former champion.

In the co-main event of the evening American heavyweight Curtis Blaydes overcame an early scare to score the biggest victory of his MMA career as he outpointed Kiwi legend Mark "Super Samoan" Hunt after a gruelling three-round battle.

Hunt started strongly and looked to be on course for a win after rocking Blaydes with some heavy shots in the opener. Rockhold last fought in September, when he scored a second-round TKO over David Branch.

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"Hey he came out like I know he would, swinging for the fences, trying to knock me out", Blaydes said afterwards.

Despite this card being brutal, this fight has some serious implications. I didn't want to go to the second round.

Yoel Romero stands over Luke Rockhold after dropping him.

Romero, 40, has won nine of 10 fights in the UFC, and is now coming off a third-round knockout over the former, clear cut No. 1 contender.

Why they should fight: Jingliang's winning streak ended with a unanimous-decision loss to Jake Matthews.

- Tyson Pedro def. Saparbek Safarov, light heavyweights, submission, first round (3:54).