Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman made his first Octagon appearance since losing the belt to Luke Rockhold last December on Saturday against fourth-ranked Yoel Romero at UFC 205 in his home state of New York. Romero ruined his homecoming by finishing the “All-American” in the third round.
Weidman struck first, landing a kick to the body to start the opening round. He pushed the pace and was taking the fight to the Cuban in the early going. He mixed up his strikes and worked in takedown attempts. Romero didn’t throw a strike until 90 seconds had elapsed. Weidman targeted the body with kicks and pawed with his jab. He secured two takedowns in the first round and was in control of the fight.
Between rounds, Romero splashed water on his legs and back that prolonged the start of the second frame. In the round, Weidman continued to keep a high pace and landed kicks to the body. Romero decided to take the fight to the ground and tripped Weidman to the canvas. Weidman quickly got back to his feet was was unable to shake Romero. Romero took Weidman down three times in the second frame and it was all even heading into the third.
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Weidman, sticking to his game plan, landed a kick to the body to start the final round. As he dipped down for a takedown, Romero leaped into the air with a flying knee that landed. The former champion crumbled to the canvas and Romero finished with a two more shots before the referee stepped in to stop ….View full article