Backstage News on CM Punk's UFC Fight Tonight

Backstage News on CM Punk's UFC Fight Tonight

Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero tangle during their previous bout in Las Vegas last July.

He was scheduled to fight Luke Rockhold for an interim title at UFC 221 in February but came in at 187.7 pounds.

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Or Romero will derail the New Zealand fighter and force the UFC to make a decision.

The bout proved to be the fight of the year despite being downgraded from a battle for the belt.

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Yoel Romero weighed in at 185.2 pounds at his second attempt to make championship weight.

The third round was brutal as Romero clocked Whittaker before the Australian fought back hard and connected with an elbow. He won in the way he often wins, which is to say he looked bored and perhaps just a little bit sleepy right up until the moment he turned into Incredible Hulk Romero and left Rockhold on the canvas, trying to claw his way back to consciousness.

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It was a violent continuation of their 2017 clash that saw Whittaker come away as the UFC middleweight champion. Since Romero missed weight and was ineligible to win the title, an immediate rubber match seems likely. This will be his second UFC fight ever. Between the swelling and his lack of conditioning, Romero fought with more urgency in the third round and cut loose a right hand that sent the champion careening to the canvas. Romero is calculating with his strikes, and when he lands one, it hurts. The main event is positioned on top of arguably the most exciting card of action the UFC have put together this year. Tuivasa Bests ArlovskiTai Tuivasa (8-0) cleared a major hurdle, as one of the heavyweight division's most promising young prospects defeated former champion Andrei Arlovski (27-16) via unanimous decision. Dos Anjos (28-9) has been superb in his three fights since moving up from the lightweight division. And WWE superstar CM Punk (0-1) makes his return after a disappointing UFC debut in 2016. "The Truth" stung Brooks on the feet, then landed in his guard, where he punched him at will for two full minutes, leaving his face a swollen, bruised mess.

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