Yoel Romero comes back to finish Derek Brunson by TKO in violent fashion
After a sleepy first two rounds, Yoel Romero continued his winning streak in extremely violent fashion.
The former Olympic silver medalist in wrestling landed left hook after left hook to the head of Derek Brunson in the third round Wednesday at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. Romero finished the fight via a TKO at 3:23 of the round courtesy of vicious elbows to Brunson’s prone body.
“The UFC is about a great battle, so I didn’t give up and I knew God would bless me and I would win,” Romero told Jon Anik afterward on FOX Sports 1.
Brunson (11-2) looked great in a wild first round, landing a huge head kick that Romero (7-1) seemed to shrug off. Brunson was the aggressor standing up and also countered a Romero standing kimura attempt by slamming him down to the canvas. Romero was hunting for takedowns and seemed tentative standing.
Romero’s best offense in the second round was a right hand below Brunson’s belt. The referee halted the action and Romero waved his finger at the fans saying the blow wasn’t low. But replays clearly showed it was. Brunson was effective again standing up and shrugged off takedowns from the big, strong former Cuban Olympian.
But the tide turned in the second round. Facing a potential decision loss, Romero went head hunting and it worked. Romero kept throwing left hooks and they kept finding Brunson’s face, opening up a nasty cut on his right eye. Ground and pound and those nasty elbows finished things – possibly a little late by referee Blake Grice.
Brunson was helped out of the Octagon. His two-fight winning streak was snapped. Romero has now won three straight in the UFC and, at 36, still remains an intriguing prospect.