Things seemed to be going well for former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman in his first fight back since he lost his title to Luke Rockhold in violent fashion in his last fight at UFC 199, however they ended up going a lot better for his opponent Yoel Romero, who was also making his first Octagon appearance following a lengthy hiatus due to his USADA suspension.
Romero, considered to be among the most accomplished amatuer wrestlers to ever compete inside the Octagon, spent much of the first round getting taken down almost at will by the former champion, who was fighting in front of his hometown fans and friends at the event held at the world-famous Madison Square Garden arena in his home state of New York.
It was in the second round where Romero started to turn things around and in the third, he finished the native of the Empire State in violent fashion. In fact, it may have been a more violent defeat for Weidman than the aforementioned title loss to Rockhold back in June.
Featured above are video highlights of the Romero-Weidman bout, which took place on the UFC 205 main pay-per-view card. The “Full Fight Highlights” video seen above comes from the official UFC On FOX YouTube channel and includes coverage of the flying knee that “The Soldier of God” blasted “All American” Chris Weidman with to secure the victory.
It was also impressive enough to the “Powers That Be” that they felt so inclined to give Romero one of two “Performance of the Night” bonuses handed out at the big New York debut show. Who did the other POTN bonus go to?
“The Notorious” Conor McGregor, who got his for knocking down Eddie Alvarez five or more times before finishing him off to become the new UFC Lightweight Champion in the event that he headlined that Dana White claimed broke every record in the history of the UFC.
For complete UFC 205 results from Madison Square Garden, click here.