Cuban Yoel Romero knocks out American Luke Rockhold in Perth UFC

Israel Adesanya

But following Saturday's pay-per-view event, the UFC's first card in Perth, Australia, the middleweight division is once again a mess.

According to the UFC's David Shaw, it's still possible Romero could get the title shot when UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker returns later this year from injury. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it's time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard's shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 221's losing fighters.

The fight was highly entertaining and featured both competitors come close to finishing the bout on multiple occasions. Stunned, Rockhold looked to clinch up but Romero simply began obliterating his midsection with hooks.

After two cerebral, evenly contested rounds, Romero exploded to life in the third, dropping Romero with an overhand left and following up with a fight-ending punch that all but removed Rockhold's head from his shoulders. Rockhold struck first with a series of quick leg kicks.

"For us, it's never good when fighters miss weight, so I think it sort of takes a bit away from the main event", said Shaw. "I'm glad that the main event fight continued, obviously". Rockhold closed out the opening frame with another straight left to Romero's jaw.

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The fireworks came just before that bout though, when two more unknown heavyweights in Tai Tuivasa and Cyril Asker battled it out. The Frenchman has now alternated wins and losses over his five-fight UFC career.

While many talked about a potential knockout in the penultimate bout between Curtis Blaydes and Mark Hunt, that was a rather ho-hum fight in which the former out-wrestled the latter en route to a very clear unanimous decision win.

Rockhold, ranked No. 2, was expecting to put on a better showing than his last fight, when he earned a second-round TKO over David Branch at UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh on September 16.

As it turns out, the Western Australia Combat Sports Commission doesn't release the names of the judges scoring the fights at ringside or provide a breakdown of how they scored each frame.

Tyson Pedro kicked off the main card by gripping and ripping a nasty kimura on Saparbek Safarov.

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