Romero lands another huge KO

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

nonetheless.

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

save.

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.