Yoel Romero KOs Chris Weidman with flying knee
USA - Despite some early success, “All-American” fell victim to a picture perfect knee to the temple.
Weidman threw a kick to the body at the start of the first round. Romero answered with his own kick to the solar plexus. Weidman grabbed onto a leg and took “Soldier of God” down briefly. The two stood back up and “AllAmerican” used his kicks to keep his distance. Weidman landed some kicks to set up a takedown attempt. The former middleweight champion countered his opponent with a left hand. Romero tried stuffing a takedown, but was dumped down. Weidman held onto his opponent’s back until the horn sounded.
Time was halted momentarily as Romero had to be wiped down from excess water on his back. The two went toe-totoe to begin the second stanza. Weidman landed a hard leg kick and later connected with a body kick. He landed a knee to the body and Romero claimed he was poked in the eye. Replays showed Weidman did indeed accidentally poke his opponent in the eye. “All-American” caught a kick and had his head kick blocked. Romero did a slick trip on his opponent and held on in search of a complete takedown. He drove Weidman to the center of the Octagon and took him down. The round ended with “Soldier of God” in top control.
Right away, the two exchanged kicks. Romero timed a takedown attempt beautifully with a knee to the face. Some follow up punches ended the fight. Weidman was slow to get up and the side of his head was busted open. Post-fight, reigning middleweight champion Michael Bisping flipped Romero the bird and the future challenger responded by saying, “I love you,” and “you know me boy” among other things.
Yoel Romero kicks Chris Weidman with a flying knee. (Photo: usatodaysports)