Yoel Romero landed the most important strike of his career when he launched a flying knee into the skull of former middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 205, gaining both the victory and a signature career highlight in the process.
UFC 205 was held tonight (November 12, 2016) at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. This event featured UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor Challenge Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight title. two other title fights, and an excellent preliminary card for promotion’s return to the Empire State.
Weidman controlled the opening round by sprinkling in takedown attempts with a seemingly improved striking attack. The ease in which he was able to take an elite level wrestler like Romero to the mat was surprising, but he was never able to keep Romero down and the strategy didn’t pay dividends for long.
In the 2nd, Romero was able to finally take control of the grappling and rode Weidman for the majority of the stanza. It looked as if the fight entered the five minutes tied at one round apiece.
That’s when Romero pounced. Only seconds into the 3rd, the Cuban unloaded a knee just as Weidman was shooting in for a takedown. The results were devastating. Weidman ate the full force of the blow and was immediately removed from his senses. As the blood began to flow at a high rate, Romero landed a couple of needless blows and the fight was stopped. It was halted only 20 seconds into the round.
Romero climbs 12-1 with the victory and is the likely #1 middleweight contender at this point. Weidman, on the other hand, has now lost 2 in a row and slips to 13-2.