Sixth-ranked middleweight Yoel Romero scored the biggest win of his MMA career with a knockout of former UFC light heavyweight champion and fifth-ranked middleweight Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA vs. ROMERO on Saturday, June 27 live on FOX Sports 1 before a packed crowd at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in South Florida near Hollywood.
Coming off a third-round knockout victory over Tim Kennedy at UFC 178, Romero welcomed the former champ to his current hometown, Miami. Though, once Referee John McCarthy gave his fight-starting decree, the welcome mat was disposed.
A strong Romero (10-1) paced himself, waiting for the opportune moment to bull rush the experienced and unorthodox Machida. In the third round, Romero struck and struck hard. The former Olympic wrestling silver medalist took down Machida and delivered a flurry of hard, short chopping elbows to the head, forcing McCarthy to stop it via knockout at 1:38 of the third round.
Machida (22-7, fighting out of Los Angeles by way of Belem, Brazil), a black belt in karate and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, entered the battle with nine knockouts and two submission victories. He has defeated former champions Dan Henderson, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Shogun Rua and Rashad Evans.
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Romero, a Cuban defector, hopes the impressive win over Machida will get him one step closer to a shot at the middleweight title. He trained at American Top Team Kendall West in Miami.
(Millennia MMA) Lorenz Larkin (16-4-0) defeated Santiago Ponzinibbio (21-3-0) by technical knockout in the second round at 3:07.
(American Top Team) Antonio Carlos Junior (6-1-0) defeated Eddie Gordon (8-4-0) by submission at 4:37 in the third round.
(Tata Fight Team) Thiago Santos (11-3-0) defeated Steve Bosse (10-2-0) by knockout at 0:29 in the first round.
(American Top Team) Sirwan Kakai (12-2-0) defeated Danny Martinez (17-7-0) by unanimous decision.
(Nova Uniao) Hacran Dias (23-3-1) defeated Levan Makashvili (10-2-0) by unanimous decision.
(Tata Fight Team) Alex Oliveira (12-2-1) defeated Joe Merritt (6-1-0) by unanimous decision.
(Team Buscape) Leandro Silva (18-2-1) defeated Lewis Gonzalez (10-2-0) by unanimous decision.
(Elevation Fight Team) Tony Sims (10-2-0) defeated Steve Montgomery (8-3-0) by TKO in the first round.
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Before UFC Fight Night, UFC fighters Jessica Aguilar (American Top Team), Ovince Saint Preux (Knoxville Martial Arts Academy) and Tecia Torres (American Top Team) were interviewed in the media room at Seminole Paradise, next to Hard Rock Live. Saint Preux was born in Miami. They later enjoyed the UFC action as spectators inside Hard Rock Live.
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