Luke Rockhold Addresses Loss To Yoel Romero At UFC 221

Luke Rockhold weigh-in
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Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has addressed his most recent loss.

The promotion originally announced that UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker would make his first defense against Rockhold at UFC 221.

However, he was forced to withdraw from the fight due to an undisclosed injury. Thus, the reason the promotion booked an interim title fight at the upcoming pay-per-view event.

As seen in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 221 pay-per-view event in at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia, Yoel Romero was able to score a knockout win over Rockhold.

Despite the fact that this fight was supposed to be for the interim title and it that got thrown out the window after Romero missed weight two days ago, at the end of the day, this was a #1 contender’s fight to see who would challenge Whittaker for the middleweight title next and that will be Romero.

Some fight fans could make the case that Rockhold held the upper hand in the fight just before he was caught with a series of strikes by Romero, which ultimately led to Rockhold going down and this fight being over. It’s been a tough stretch for Rockhold, who has lost two out of his last three fights.

Although he didn’t want to talk to the media after the fight, he did decide to take to his official Twitter account to sound off on the loss as well as praise Romero for his performance inside of the Octagon at the pay-per-view event.

What are your thoughts on Rockhold’s comments and loss to Romero at UFC 221? Should Romero still get a title shot after he missed weight for this interim title fight? Should someone else get a crack at the title? Sound off in the comment section below.


  1. That’s what I was thinking, too. Impressive win for Romero, sure, but we JUST saw Romero-Whitaker. I think Romero should get another solid “W” before they run that one back. Problem then becomes, who else gets Whitaker in the meantime? I guess if Whitaker is still out and now Romero with his leg injury, maybe, I dunno, another interim title fight that ultimately doesn’t mean jack? lol.

  2. Whittaker will be back as soon as he can… I just hope he doesn’t come back too fast, because I want to see him knock Yoel out this time.

  3. After that weigh-in video of Luke… did anyone think he was going to win? He sounded like he was drunk… Whatever he did cutting weight, didn’t work out too well.

  4. With wins over Rockhold, Jacare, Weidman, Kennedy, Machida and Brunson as well as being the no.1 ranked middleweight, he’s clearly next in line for a title shot.

  5. Hold on with that line of thinking. All of those wins that you mentioned did get him a title shot and he lost. Came back and beat 1 guy to get a title fight against the guy that just beat him. You don’t get to go back and count all the wins again after a loss, you have to work your way back. Me personally I would like to see him get 1 more win, the problem is there really is nobody else unless you want to throw Gastellum in there.

  6. He just beat the #2 middleweight on short notice to earn a shot at the real title. Only person left for him to fight is the champion since he’s already beat everyone else in the division.

    Why should he get another win when he’s the no.1 ranked middleweight? Fighting anybody else at this point would be a step down and risking his title shot. It’s bad enough when Bisping refused to defend the title against him when he was the rightful contender at the time.

  7. I don’t really have an issue with the fight, no matter what happens against Whitaker, he will still have beaten all of those guys, so based on your line of thinking he should just get a 3rd fight with Whitaker and so on. The fight also just happened and after winning the title the first defense you have is against a guy that you dominated for the final three rounds. Its a tough sell, they better put it on with some other great fights.


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