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UFC’s Yair Rodriguez relocates to Vegas, eyes ranked opponent in 2018

LAS VEGAS — Don’t worry. Yair Rodriguez hasn’t gone anywhere. Rodriguez (10-2) is one of the UFC’s most promising prospects, but he’s been virtually off the grid since a TKO loss to Frankie Edgar nine months ago. It’s difficult to make sense of what’s gone on in the UFC’s middleweight division over the past couple of years, but one thing is sure: The UFC needs a rematch between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero to set things right and move forward. Nate Diaz said he thinks a fight with Tyron Woodley…

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Bellator’s Matt Mitrione – Fighting Roy Nelson is an IQ test

Matt Mitrione believes the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix is “the most exciting thing going on” in mixed martial arts this year — even if he initially wanted no part of it. Bellator’s eight-man tournament will crown a new heavyweight champion by year’s end, but Mitrione admits he was “salty” when first approached with the idea. Stipe Miocic set the all-time UFC heavyweight record by defeating Francis Ngannou by decision at UFC 220. Here’s where both fighters stack up in the division. With Bellator MMA’s World Grand Prix officially set,…

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Projecting the next fights for Yoel Romero and others after UFC 221

UFC 221 was a weird event. It was supposed to feature Australian middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in his home country, but he was forced off the card due to injury. So UFC 221 ended up showcasing two U.S.-based fighters in a half-interim title bout. That’s a little strange. The fights themselves delivered, though. Here’s ESPN’s take on what should be next for the fighters of UFC 221. Yoel Romero didn’t make weight, but he did earn a rematch against Robert Whittaker.¬†Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images Result: Defeated Luke Rockhold via third-round…

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Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping

6:47 AM ET ESPN staff Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping believes a retirement fight against Lyoto Machida “ticks all the right boxes”. Bisping (30-9), who hasn’t fought since his defeat to Kevin Gastelum in Nov. 2017, has made it known he’s looking to retire from the sport. There was no title on the line for Yoel Romero on Saturday night, but that didn’t stop him from finishing Luke Rockhold with two devastating left hands in Round 3 in the UFC 221 main event. It’s difficult to make sense of…

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UFC’s Whittaker, Romero rematch not ideal, but necessary — MMA

At this point, someone should probably offer a college course on understanding the UFC’s middleweight division. If you haven’t been paying super close attention, it’s complicated. And trying to catch up can be downright confusing. I’m sorry, but, what exactly is a half-interim title fight again? There was no title on the line for Yoel Romero on Saturday night, but that didn’t stop him from finishing Luke Rockhold with two devastating left hands in Round 3 in the UFC 221 main event. Prior to UFC 221’s main event between Yoel…

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UFC 221 Locals to the rescue after weigh-in, withdrawal setbacks

PERTH, Australia — The headline act may have been meaningless and Kiwi great Mark Hunt beaten, but Perth fans still enjoyed their first taste of UFC action thanks largely to the salvage efforts of Jake Matthews, Tai Tuivasa, Tyson Pedro and Israel Adesanya. Yoel Romero‘s knockout victory over Luke Rockhold effectively rendered the bout for the interim middleweight title null and void after the Cuban had missed weight on Saturday. His left hook and follow-up uppercut brought the capacity crowd at Perth Arena to its feet, but it was hard…

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Yoel Romero defeats Luke Rockhold by knockout in third round at UFC 221 in Perth

Yoel Romero‘s third-round stoppage over Luke Rockhold did not earn him an interim title on Saturday, but it was still the biggest win of his career. Romero (13-2) knocked out Rockhold with a monstrous left hand at the 1:48 mark of the third round. The middleweight fight headlined UFC 221 in Perth, Australia. Romero was able to finish Rockhold despite suffering an apparent leg injury early in the fight. Afterward, he was visibly limping and said he believes he suffered a broken leg in the first round. Yoel Romero, right,…

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Yoel Romero fails to make weight ahead of interim UFC middleweight title fight against Luke Rockhold

Yoel Romero missed weight ahead of his UFC 221 headliner against Luke Rockhold, and as a result, will not be eligible to win the interim middleweight title Sunday in Perth, Australia. Romero (12-2) could not make the 185-pound limit at Saturday’s weigh-in. He initially came in at 188.5 pounds and had two hours to drop the remaining pounds. When he stepped back on the scale, he weighed in at 187.7 pounds. The two will remain on the card. If Rockhold wins, he’ll be the interim champ, according to UFC president…

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Perth’s UFC wait is almost over

PERTH, Australia — Luke Rockhold arrived on a camel. Yoel Romero just wanted to dance. Yes, it was a bizarre workout session in Perth, but the local supporters lapped it all up as they countdown the hours to their first taste of UFC action. Fifteen deep they stood at Perth’s Elizabeth Quay, fans keen to catch a glimpse of the middleweight duo – the headline act for UFC 221 – as well American Curtis Blaydes and veteran Kiwi Mark Hunt, who received the biggest roar of all. UFC middleweight Luke…

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