Romero vs. Rockhold, presented by AirAsia, kicked into high gear as athletes from the main and co-main events warmed up with an open workout session at Elizabeth Quay, Perth, ahead of this Sundays pay-per-view event.
"We trained very good for this fight", Romero, through his translator, told FS1 after the fight.
Romero apologized for the error but also explained that he took the fight with Rockhold on short notice after originally being scheduled to compete two weeks later at the UFC on FOX card in Orlando.
However, Romero, an Olympic Silver medalist in freestyle wrestling, missed weight at 187.7-pounds, meaning he was ineligible to win the interim title.
Already ranked as the division's number-one contender, Romero's victory is likely to see him installed as the next challenger for the UFC middleweight title, held by Australian Robert Whittaker, who recorded a unanimous decision victory over the Cuban in July previous year.
Whittaker is now on the shelf with a variety of injuries and a time frame for a return to action has yet to be determined. Rockhold has the more well-rounded game, but Romero has the more unsafe power. As a result, he was unable to win the interim-title. He has no history of missing weight, other than last weekend.
The problem is, Romero is the only clear-cut contender for Whittaker's belt at the moment.
After beating Michael Bisping to claim UFC gold in the 185lbs division, the Canadian superstar shortly vacated the title with UFC promoting Whittaker to undisputed status, scheduling him against Luke Rockhold.
Romero landed a flurry to the face of Rockhold; landing him in trouble. But injuries are part of the sport and Whittaker got injured.
The bad news, however, is that it's unclear whether Romero will be healthy enough to get into the Octagon anytime soon.
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Romero is an incredible fighter and his 9-2 record with eight finishes in the UFC is remarkable.
But the 26-year old American played it wisely and changed things up, taking Hunt down to the canvas, where the two spent most of the remainder of the fight as Blaydes superior fitness eventually told, the judges scoring it 30-26, 30-26 and 29-27 in the U.S. fighter's favour. "He wants to stand and bang, He's the better striker, he's a veteran, but I didn't want to play his game".
Round two began with Romero more aggressive. No question. It's going to be interesting to see what comes next for Rockhold.
Had Romero made weight, I would have likely leaned toward him. Let's just hope if that happens he makes weight.