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Yoel Romero faced former middleweight champion Chris Weidman on November 12, 2016, at UFC 205.
The first round was a showcase for the former champion. He opened the bout with a ton of kicks, chopping at his opponent’s leg and digging into the body. Before long, Weidman mixed in his first takedown attempt, landing a dump off the single leg. Romero sprung back to his feet without much trouble, but Weidman kept on him. After some time, Weidman’s punches began to land a bit as well, and Romero had little success landing much of anything.
Wherever the fight went, Weidman was in control.
After spending five minutes doing almost nothing, Romero turned it up in the second round. His counterpunches were far more accurate and active, and he was able to defend all of the single-leg takedowns. In the last two minutes, Romero looked for his own takedown and landed it. From there, he controlled the back clinch as Weidman attempted to scramble, tripping him back to the ground frequently.
Both men were a bit tired, but the final round would be the decider. Weidman came out looking to change things, attacking with a hard kick and pushing the pace. However, not even 30 seconds into the round, Weidman changed levels directly into a terrifyingly athletic flying knee.
That was all she wrote.
Romero won the fight via knockout in the third round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus. It was announced that Romero was next-in-line for a title shot, after owning an 8-match winning streak.