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Chris Weidman reflects on brutal Yoel Romero knockout: ‘I just want to be done losing’

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All it took was one brutal moment for a lifelong dream to turn into a nightmare for Chris Weidman at UFC 205.

Weidman suffered a bloody defeat at the hands of Yoel Romero at the UFC’s historic entry into New York, succumbing to a flying knee knockout just 24 seconds into the third round on the event’s pay-per-view card. Speaking on Monday for the first time since the loss, Weidman said his gameplan for the fight was to wrestle with Romero and gradually drain Romero’s suspect gas tank.

After competing in two back-and-forth rounds, Weidman said he felt strong going into the third and believed Romero to be fading, but things changed as soon as he shot for an ill-fated takedown.

“I just felt like there’s no way I’m losing. If I win this third round, it’s over,” Weidman explained on The MMA Hour. “And I shot a takedown. If you watch, if you’re a technical person in the MMA game, when you fight a southpaw, you always put your head to the side of his front leg. You never go to the back leg. And every one of my takedowns I hit on him in the fight was to his front leg, my head to the outside of his front leg, which stays away from the danger of a knee or a heavy left hand. And the one time I shot to the wrong side, which I drilled a million times not to do, he came up with that knee.”

In a gruesome sight, Romero’s flying knee sent Weidman crashing to the canvas as blood poured from the side of his head and referee Mario Yamasaki rushed to stop the contest. Weidman ended up getting 10 stitches in his head — three from his own knee smashing into his eye ….View full article

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