Yoel Romero KOs Luke Rockhold at UFC 221

Erick Silva

But following Saturday's pay-per-view event, the UFC's first card in Perth, Australia, the middleweight division is once again a mess.

It was a bittersweet performance for Romero, however, as he missed weight on Friday, nullifying his opportunity to win the interim title that was supposed to be at stake and making it hard to hustle him into a rematch with Robert Whittaker whenever the middleweight champ is ready to return. In the co-headline bout American Curtis Blaydes scored a unanimous decision against the representative of the country-host Mark Hunt. We will bring you all the results starting at 3:30 PM Pacific Time.

JWP said it was an absolute honour to have him and his team preparing for UFC 221 at his gym on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Welcome to the coverage of today's UFC event on Perth. Knowing the UFC, odds are Romero's weight miss will be swept under the rug.

Romero strung together with lovely punching combinations in the second round and followed up with yet another hellacious offensive chain of movements in the third round.

In the second, Romero rushed his man early and fired a barrage of shots that pinned Rockhold against the fence but the Cuban didn't land anything really hurtful and Rockhold was eventually able to find an escape route, allowing him to take things back into the centre of the cage.

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Prior to his loss to Whittaker, Romero was on a wild eight-fight streak, highlighted by triumphs over Brad Tavares, Tim Kennedy, Lyoto Machida, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, and former champ Chris Weidman.

In this fight, Romero will need to conserve his energy. Rockhold closed out the opening frame with another straight left to Romero's jaw.

The event featured the 12-fight bill, marking the debut of Ultimate Fighting Championship in Western Australia.

OFFICIAL SCORECARD: Yoel Romero def. Luke Rockhold via KO (punches).

But fans hoping to see a match-up against Whittaker in the near future will take comfort from a tweet sent by Romero's rep shortly after the fight.

To kick off the main card, light heavyweights Tyson Pedro and Saparbek Safarov went just one round before the latter was finished by a kimura submission.

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