Sixth-ranked middleweight Yoel Romero faces former UFC light heavyweight champion and current fifth-ranked middleweight Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA vs. ROMERO on Saturday, June 27 at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in South Florida near Hollywood.
Machida (22-6, fighting out of Los Angeles by way of Belem, Brazil), a black belt in karate and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, has nine knockouts and two submission victories to his credit. He has defeated former champions Dan Henderson, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Shogun Rua and Rashad Evans.
One of the most unorthodox and dangerous strikers the sport has ever seen, “The Dragon” will take a step up in competition for Olympic wrestling silver medalist Romero (9-1, fighting out of South Florida via Pinar del Rio, Cuba).
Coming off a third-round knockout victory over Tim Kennedy at UFC 178, Romero welcomes the former champ to his current hometown, Miami, with hopes that an impressive win will get him one step closer to a shot at the middleweight world title.
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Romero, a Cuban defector, is training at American Top Team Kendall West in Miami.
Interview with Yoel Romero
at American Top Team Kendall West
Marc Lloreda, his sparring partner, was the translator for the interview.
Santiago Ponzinibbio (21-2-0) vs. Lorenz Larkin (15-4-0)
Antonio Carlos Junior (5-1-0) vs. Eddie Gordon (8-3-0)
Thiago Santos (10-3-0) vs. Steve Bosse (10-1-0)
Hacran Dias (22-3-1) vs. Levan Makashvili (10-1-0)
Alex Oliveira (11-2-1) vs. Joe Merritt (6-0-0)
Leandro Silva (17-2-1) vs. Lewis Gonzalez (10-1-0)
Steve Montgomery (8-2-0) vs. Tony Sims (9-2-0)
Danny Martinez (17-6-0) vs. Sirwan Kakai (11-2-0)
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All bouts live and subject to change.
Television, ticket information
UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA vs. ROMERO will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 27 with the prelims kicking off the evening on FOX Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Tickets cost $229, $179, $129, $99 and $79; all seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at
www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone 1-800-745-3000.
Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. Ticket sales are limited to eight per person.
About Hard Rock Live
Hard Rock Live, a spectacular state-of-the-art facility, further expands the ultimate entertainment experience at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
This 5,500-seat indoor arena has attracted more than 1.5-million people since its opening in 2005, and has regularly hosted South Florida’s greatest variety of musical acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Tim McGraw and Carlos Santana; top comedians including Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Kathy Griffin and George Lopez; as well as major sporting events and events of major sports stars, from UFC matches to charity galas for Jason Taylor, Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and more.
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About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida is a Green Lodging-Certified, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort showcasing 469 luxurious guest rooms, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, boutique retail shops, Rock Spa, 40,000 square feet of meeting room space and the 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena.
As South Florida’s premier destination for fun and entertainment, Seminole Hard Rock offers over 100 table games of Blackjack, Baccarat and more on a nearly three-acre casino floor. In addition, 2,000 slots include linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit table and slot game rooms are also part of the unique and exclusive gaming experience. The poker room, located in Seminole Paradise, hosts various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold ‘em, 7-Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Cafe-Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 153 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.
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