Romero wins in three

Cuban middleweight contender Yoel Romero made an emphatic case for a future shot at the 185-pound crown Saturday, knocking out former world champion Lyoto Machida in the third round of the UFC Fight Night main event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for his tenth and most important pro win.

Despite fans chanting for Lyoto Machida, Romero proved them all wrong by showcasing supreme athleticism. Machida opened with his fast kicks utilizing it very well in the first round but Romero was wise enough to close in the distance and was able to land a haymaker of his own making Machida caught off balance.

Second round Machida was able to keep romero at bay with long range kicks, while "the soldier of god" keeps on stalking until he landed some hard punches upstairs. In the second minute of the third round, the kinetic chess match ended in an instant, Romero taking Machida to the mat suddenly and following up with a flush set of elbows that brought in referee John McCarthy to step in and halt the bout at 1:38 of the frame.

With the win, the number six-ranked Romero moves to 10-1; the number four-ranked Machida, 37, falls to 22-7. The loss was Machida’s second straight, following an April submission defeat against Luke Rockhold. 

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