Yoel Romero finishes former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 with a hellacious third-round knockout.
After the win celebration, Romero ran over to console Rockhold and kisses him on the cheek and telling him he ‘loves him’ while Rockhold was dazed, disorientated and didn’t know exactly where he was after being knocked out. The former champion isn’t taking his loss and Romero’s post-fight antics quietly.
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Luke Rockhold blasted Australian Combat Sports Commission for letting Romero Kiss Him:
“For him to come across the cage like that, it’s just ridiculous for them to let him do that,” Rockhold said. “Not a big fan of how he carries himself. He’s a bit fake. I’m not really saying how I feel. I am who I am. Like it or hate it.”
Romero, who took the contest on short notice after Robert Whittaker pulled out. Rockhold said he had a hard time cutting weight at UFC 221 and now has his sights set on a move to the light heavyweight division.
“Yoel felt strong. He felt big. I didn’t feel my best. … The weight cuts are getting to me these days. The man felt like cement,” Rockhold said. “I thought i could really take his movement and force him to wrestle more, but that really wasn’t the case.… I had to work around my kicks. I just didn’t put it together like I should have.”
Luke Rockhold is not a fan of Yoel Romero because he failed a USADA drug test in 2016. He served a six-month suspension for a failed drug test that was determined to be due to a contaminated supplement.
“Guess what? He’s the man who opened his mouth and talked shit while I had the title and he went and popped for steroids,” Rockhold said. “So, yeah he got by on that somehow, but f*ck off. You know what you’re putting in your body. I’m tired of people like this just trying to find loopholes and ways around these things.
“I don’t know why you get a pass in this sport, but a lot of guys get passes,” Rockhold said. “Not a fan of it. I’ve always fought clean, I’ve never cheated my way through this sport, I’ve always done everything the right way. Unfortunately, not everybody follows that path.”