For an Olympic silver medalist in wrestling, Yoel Romero is
getting awfully good at knocking people out.
The Cuban born fighter debuted in the UFC earlier this year when
he made short work of fellow wrestler Clifford Starks with a
spectacular flying knee to win the fight and a Knockout of the
Night bonus to boot. For his second fight, it took a little while
longer to get the job done, but the work was completed
Romero appeared early in his fight against Brazilian Ronny
Markes as if he was in a sparring session at his home gym, working
against teammates to break a good sweat. Almost as if he was toying
with his opponent, Romero occasionally launched a big punch or kick
but rarely followed them up with much of anything as he casually
stalked his prey across the Octagon.
When the fight did hit the mat it was Markes who took Romero
down, but it didn’t last long as the life long wrestler quickly
scrambled and got back to the feet.
With time running short in the third round, Romero continued to
bomb away at Markes looking for the one perfect punch to put the
fight away. It finally happened at just over 1:30 into the round
when Romero tossed a huge left hand that crushed Markes’ and sent
him falling to the mat. Romero only needed a couple of extra
punches for good measure before the referee swooped in for the
Since moving to middleweight, Romero is a flawless 2-0 (6-1
overall) and looking like a very exciting addition to the division,
especially given the fact that he’s won both fights by knockout and
still hasn’t even shown off his wrestling game, which may be the
most potent tool in his entire arsenal.